Do red spots on the penis and swollen lymph nodes mean HIV?
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Q. Are swollen lymph glands, cough, nausea, and red spots on the penis signs of HIV?

Answered by  
Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra
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Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra completed his MBBS from Karnatak University in 1996, a Diploma in Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy, and an MD in Community Medicine from Rajiv Gandhi University of... 

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This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 21, 2023 and last reviewed on: Oct 16, 2023
Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I had unprotected intercourse last month, and I recently noticed small red spots on the head of my penis. I applied an over-the-counter antifungal cream and had some relief. I checked my weight and noticed that I had lost four kilograms. My weight went down from 171.96 lbs to 163.62 Lbs. Maybe because I am not eating well. Also, I have not been circumcised. I am worried because of my recent weight loss. I am not experiencing other symptoms, such as night sweats, swollen lymph glands, cough, or nausea. I am concerned about the red spots on my penis. Can it be HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)?

Please help me.

Answered by  Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Hi, Welcome to

I have read your query and understand your concern. The chances of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission by unprotected intercourse once are very low. And if the other person is HIV-negative, there is no chance of transmission. I suggest you undergo an HIV antibody test immediately and after three months of exposure. This will help you to be at peace. I hope this has helped you out.

Thanks and regards.

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