Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  Breaking News: FDA Approves Triumeq, New Once-Daily Combination Pill
   
Ask the Experts About

Substance Use and HIVSubstance Use and HIV
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Worried about HIV
Apr 10, 2012

So I had a one night stand - my first one ever. I don't usually sleep around. I am a dude and it was vaginal sex. It started with a condom but it slipped off because I couldn't get fully erect, so for a bit I was having unprotected sex. It wasn't much though, maybe 2-3 minutes of actual intercourse. The next day I wake up with crazy anxiety fearing I caught HIV. In my head I swear I have it. I don't even know if she has HIV but the way my mind works she does. I always tend to think the worst. It's been four days now and I can't stop worrying about it. I do have an anxiety problem, but these "what ifs " about HIV is killing me. I know to get tested but I have to wait a month or so. I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait that long. This was my only time having unprotected sex and now I'm scared to death. Any advice?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

I'm sorry to hear about your situation and anxiety it has produced. That period of uncertainty and waiting is one of the most difficult times simply because, as in your case, it gives our minds a wide-open space to imagine the "what-ifs." The key is to really try to stay in the present moment to the best of your abilities. If your mind drags you into some future scenario that hasn't occurred yet, gently bring yourself back to the moment. You might also find that you slip back in time and worry about what happened or what could have been different.

Don't let yourself get hijacked. Follow your plan for testing and, to the best of your ability, stay in the present. It's not a bad idea to distract yourself with work or some activity. Share your fears with someone you trust it helps to talk about it. Finally, try deep breathing or physical exertion to release the tension from your body.

-David



Previous
Mixing Ayahuasca/DMT and HIV drugs
Next
Alcohol's effect on drug efficacy

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

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.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement