Anonymous
I'm having really bad acne on my face including red/pinkish boils, some bad acne on my back as well. My skin has never been this bad before my exposure (condom broke). Can this be related to HIV? I don't know whats going on, many others problems with my body as well. I had a three month negative test.
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Anonymous
Hi there!
Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We are happy to help!

First of all, here at AIDS Vancouver we don't classify or diagnose HIV by symptoms since they can be vague and often mimic other viral infections such as the flu. Additionally, some people experience symptoms, while others don't, so it isn't a good indicator.

However, acne is not known to be associated with HIV.

In terms of your symptoms, I recommend partnering with a health care professional as they will be able to give you insight and solutions, since we are not doctors.

In regards to your test, all HIV tests are considered conclusive after 3 months. The only exceptions are:

1) if you're on antiviral treatment for Hepatitis C

2) If you're on treatment for cancer (chemotherapy)

3) If you're on PEP/PREP treatment for HIV

4) If you have an immunodeficiency disease (you would know as they're diagnosed at infancy).

In these specific cases, tests are considered conclusive after 6 months. Assuming they don't apply to you, then your test is accurate and conclusive!

For more information about testing guidelines, check out the BC CDC Guidelines [HERE](http://www.bccdc.ca/NR/rdonlyres/B35EDEBD-98CA-48BB-AB7C-B18A357AC19D/0/BCHIVTestingGuidelinesMay2015.pdf)

Hopefully this was able to help you!

Sincerely,

Christina

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