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Scared and waiting
      #1016 - 03/31/00 03:49 AM

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Hi, I recently had a one night fling with a co-worker (hetero) I
am married and love my wife very much. I had been drinking and
ended up in a very regrettable situation. I am trying to resolve
my problems with my wife and to address my drinking problem but
my concern over HIV has overwelmed everything. About two weeks
after the encounter I developed a severe sore throat for about
two days. It has continued to nag me since then. About 6.5 weeks
after the encounter I noticed two cottage cheese like lesions on
my tongue. They were easily removed and I gargled with a peroxide
based gargle which apparently prevented the return. I have been
terified that the lesions were thrush. I had and a qual PCR at 1
month which was negative and an Antibody test at 7 weeks which
was negative. I should be encouraged but I cant shake the thought
that for some reason my body is not dealing with the infection
and that I might be dead by the time of the three month test. I
have had none of the more common seroconversion symptoms (fever,
chills, myalgia, swollen glands etc) I am overwelmed with guilt
and fear. Any comments would be appreciated.

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Re: Scared and waiting new
      #1018 - 03/31/00 03:50 AM

I know what you're going through. I recently had a 12.5 week test
which was negative, and I'm still having difficulty convincing
myself that I'll be OK. The odds are overwhelmingly in my favour
at this point, but the guilt keeps the anxiety level up, even
though my exposure was not considered "high risk". If I take into
account my relative risk level, and the 12.5 week negative, I
shouldn't be as worried as I am.

The one thing that HAS helped is counciling. You may want to give
it a try. I suspect the root cause of your problems isn't
specifically a worry about HIV infection, but something else.

This coming Thursday is 16 weeks for me. I'm fighting off the
urge to get tested again, and instead wait for the full 26 weeks,
and put this whole thing behind me.

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