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OCD about HIV

Oct 31, 2005

i know you get many questions regarding OCD about HIV and AIDS. I tested negative a little over six months ago. At a pap test about a week ago i learned i had a yeast infection but was unable to get the medication right away. A few days ago i had diarrhea which looked to have a little blood, although i can't be completely sure. I have been sick with a sore throat and a dry cough, but i haven't been sleeping much the last few weeks. Because i think the worst constantly and expect that i must have HIV, I could not say if im bruising easily or have muscle aches cause it could be in my head. I havent had too much abdominal pain, but the other day i had a weird taste in my mouth and it looks like i have spots on my tongue, which i attempted to diagnose myself with as thrush. Am i being completely OCD about all of this or could these be signs of HIV?

Response from Dr. Horwath

The symptoms of HIV infection do not occur so soon after infection. Vaginal yeast infections are extremely common and are not a sign of HIV. The other symptoms are due to anxiety. You should protect yourself during sex, which will help you to avoid all this anxiety, and of course protect you form HIV infection.

anxiety or HIV? PLEASE HELP

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