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Thank you for your help
Mar 25, 1997

Mr. Sowadsky I would like to take this opportunity for the service you provide. 7 months ago I had an experience that raised my fears of HIV. Over the course of these months I was very scared, and relied on the information that you provided. I became a hypochondriac, fitting every symptom to possible HIV and in many ways, made matters worse for myself. Looking up statistics, calculating possibilities, making myself sick with worry. I got up the nerve to take a home HIV test, as I realized that the endless worry was just as detrimental as any possible outcome. The result was negative. But I have learned how to appreciate everyone that is scared to death about this and how it affects everyone. Thank you for your service.

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Hi. Thank you for your comments.

Your case highlights the fact that a person can put themselves under enormous stress for fear of having AIDS, and later on test HIV negative. It's always good to hear when a person tests negative. I'm glad this website was able to help you through your HIV concerns.



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