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Nov 30, 2009

Doctor,

I'm freaking out right now and I really need some kind words. I recently started getting symptoms of HIV. I held off getting tested for a long time out of fear. I did all research online which exacerbated by symptoms. I talked to my previous partners to try and create a timeline for acute infection. I went in yesterday to get tested by I am getting really sick. I've lost so much weight and cant eat, my mouth has been dry for weeks with a white coating. I have no energy and have temperature spikes up and down all day night. Last night I was up every hour either freezing or sweating. I am now terrified I am entering the later stages of HIV. I've never had a test and fear I am dying. I can't sit still because my heart is racing and my muscles are shaking. The prospect of waiting a week for my results seems like it might be week too long. Please help. Is there anything I can do or take to at least calm me down or stabilize my health for the week?

Unhealthy

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Unhealthy,

If you have access to rapid HIV testing, you could get a definitive test result in as few as 20 minutes.

Your symptoms are quite classic for anxiety, not the latter stages of HIV/AIDS. I would suggest you consult with your general medical doctor. Anti-anxiety medications and/or counseling may help.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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