|How to deal with waiting for the results?
May 10, 2008
I meet a guy and I let his charm take me out of my elements. I had unprotected sex with him only after knowing him a few months. Durning the encounter I saw myself dying but did nothing. I knew it was wrong.Around the same time of meeting the guy I started a new form of birth ctrl the nuvaring. To make a long story short I watched the movie Life Support and its like I have convinced myself that I have HIV. Looking back I remember experiencing Nausea and headaches it could have been caused by the nuvaring who knows. I just hope that I am given a second chance. This encounter with this guy has taken control of my life. Eventhough I saw myself dying I didn't think about it anymore until I saw the movie. Now I dream about HIV. I am so scard. For the past month I can't sleep, eat, stop crying, concentrate or anything. I got tested today, but now I am afraid to hear the results.I am suppose to be starting a new chapter but with one phone call I can loose it all, my life will be over. I am going through this alone I don't know how to tell my family. What can I do to pass time and stop depressing myself I can't change the results but how can I deal with the waiting?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Counseling may help you confront your guilt and cope with your anxiety over your lapse in judgment. Another technique I find extremely useful in keeping problems in their proper perspective is to volunteer time to help those in desperate need. Consider volunteering at a children's cancer ward or an AIDS hospice. Helping others who are in far worse straits than we are can often help us cope more effectively and more realistically with our problems.
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