HIV scares can be very distressing. You should first approach a primary care physician
such as a family doctor
who can review your case. Symptoms of the acute retroviral syndrome (ARS, or acute HIV for short), or the sickness that follows an HIV infection, occurs 2 weeks to 1 month after exposure. Symptoms typically are fever, night sweats, enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat
, muscle soreness, and generally feeling crappy. A rash is one of the symptoms, but it is less common to see it without any other symptoms. The rash associated with HIV is described as maculopapular. This means that it is usually a reddish color, with rough texture that can seem bumpy. This is a very generalized description and thus, a rash of this type could be many other things. I suggest you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she can examine you as see if you have any signs or symptoms of the Acute Retroviral Syndrome. In addition, your doctor can take a detailed history and determine your level of risk for acquiring HIV, and how to reduce that risk in the future. Once its been about 3 months after exposure, you can have the HIV test. Good luck.