I have rashes on my face…about 2 weeks ago i had an unprotected sex…do I get the HIV infection? Do these rashes caused by HIV infection? Rash is one of the HIV/AIDS symptoms, but not all rashes caused by HIV infection. There are many disease causes rashes. The only way to know whether these rashes related to HIV infection is to detect the virus by HIV testing. Most people with HIV don’t develop symptoms until late stage of the disease. So if you develop rashes and you have risk factors contracting this infection, you should take the HIV test. Don’t wait until the symptoms get worse. Early HIV symptoms can occur in several weeks after the infection.
There is no specific sign of the early HIV symptoms. Some of the most common are flu-like symptoms, headache, cough, night sweats, mild fever, diarrhea, lymph node swelling, genital warts, constant physical weakness, red rashes and so on. The clinical implications of these findings are as yet unknown. Although current guidelines suggest that the treatment of acute infection should be optional, it is not clear whether initiation of antiretroviral therapy in acute infection would have any lasting benefits or advantages over later treatment. These early HIV symptoms would disappear without any special treatment. And it mark the asymptomatic phase.
In the asymptomatic phase, there are no specific sign or symptoms. It last for ten years or more. Symptoms will occur accompanied by opportunistic infections after these years. When the virus has destroyed most of helper T cells, the body’s immune system became too weak to fight any infection. The symptoms will get much worse and can be lethal if they occur in the late stage (HIV stage 3 or 4) So if you do have history of unprotected sex or intravenous drug abuse, and experience any of HIV symptoms such as HIV rashes, you should consult to your doctor and do the HIV test. Detection of the early phase is crucial for a better prognosis. Nowadays there are medications to slow down the HIV replication that people with HIV can live much longer without any serious life threatening complication.