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anxiety or HIV? PLEASE HELP
Oct 31, 2005

hello, im 15 years old and a couple months ago i had unprotected sex with a girl i didn't know very well, after finding a site on the internet about HIV and the symptoms i began noticing i have some of the same including, short term memory problems, hives or some kind of bumps/rash (usually after shower) depersonalization, fatigue, canker sores, muscle twitchs/limb jerks, faint white on sides of tounge, and swollen lymph nodes... is this just anxiety and stress!! or could it be HIV? i was tested but need another because i tested to early, my parents recently seperated could this be contributing? PLEASE HELP!

Response from Dr. Horwath

The symptoms you are having are due to anxiety. You had a negative HIV test, and symptoms of the sort that you describe do not occur so early after HIV infection.

In the future, practice safe sex, use condoms, get to know and trust your partner before having sex with her so that you can discuss the issues of sex, safe sex, HIV infection, etc., before jumping into a sexual relationship. You'll save yourself a lot of anxiety and grief that way. Meanwhile, ask your parents to help you get some therapy for your anxiety and stress symptoms. You don't need to tell them that it has to do with sex, if you don't feel comfortable speaking about the subject with them. But you would benefit from some adult help with your stress and fears.



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