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What does the HIV rash look like and when does it often

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What does the HIV rash look like and when does it often occur? I expereienced a rash above my collar bone that looked like a bunch of little red bumps in one area about the size of my hand. I have darker skin and the color red was pretty bright. Does this sound like it could be the HIV rash?

The rash from HIV infection usually occurs a couple weeks after infection. It is usually flat red spots that are all over the body- not just in one area above your collar bone as you describe.

It also is usually associated with fevers, headaches and enlarged/ tender lymph nodes in the neck and elsewhere.

If you have had a high risk unprotected sexual exposure, you should be tested- but your description is not likely to be a primary HIV infection rash.

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