fear of testing
Aug 27, 2007
I am 35yo. I have had one HIV test about 5 years ago and am needing to get another. However, as soon as I think of the entire waiting process, I start sweating, get palpitations, can't focus...basically start to panic. I am extremely safe - I don't have anal sex (give or receive), I have had receptive oral sex on several occasions but have not given oral sex in all of the years since my test, and I don't even deep kiss. Aside from being something of a vanilla prude, why am I in such a panic? Isn't my risk very low? Are there any documented cases of HIV of men who only have receptive oral sex?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Your fears of being HIV infected are unwarranted and way, way, way out of line with any real degree of risk, especially for such a low risk vanilla prude existence! I'd suggest you get a rapid HIV test. The entire process only takes 20 minutes. That's hardly enough time to break an anxious sweat, let alone have a full-fledged hissy-fit panic attack. Stop being such a wuss and just "do it!" It seems to me you have more to fear from being run over by an errant bus on your way to the test center or being bitten by a rabid crumple horned snorkack than actually testing HIV positive.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- HIV Infection Risk Vaginal Sex Condom Broke
- How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested After Unprotected Anal Sex?
- How Long Do I Wait To Get Tested After Unprotected Sex Without Ejaculation?
- Is Fingering Safe?
- Probability Of Getting HIV From Nipple Sucking
- Risk Of AIDS Transmission From Fingering
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.