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Have been so scared
      #1074 - 03/31/00 04:22 AM

I've been so scared for the past 7 months on and off whether or
not I have contracted HIV....It all started when I had a one time
sexual encounter with a man who was very kind but he wanted to
try anal with me and proceeded to penetrate me without a
condom....I freaked out and told him to stop but I didn't tell
him how upset I was. He was really very kind about it. I told him
how worried I was a week later and he told me it was nonsense and
I shouldn't worry because he had gotten tested negative. I am
with someone very special and I haven't told him about this. I am
so worried that I may have something and I may have given it to
him. The only symptoms I may have been showing is diarhea but my
doctor said that was probably stress. I know I should get tested
but I am just too scared to.

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Re: Have been so scared new
      #1075 - 03/31/00 04:22 AM

Steve, I had an almost identical experience in March. For 3
months I felt unwell and I know a lot of it was making myself
sick. I even lost a lot of my lymphocytes during that time. But
at 4.5 months I was still negative and had to start acknowledging
that I was probably not infected. If you have not been tested you
should do so because it is most likely to give you an all-clear.
You can go to an anonymous testing site.

If someone was only inside you briefly and only on one occasion
and did not ejaculate the chances of infection are slim. I
wouldn't place too much importance in what he reports his HIV
status to be. Also most people get quite sick with initial
infection, not just some diarrhea, but almost invariably fever,
sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes in a number of areas.

Don't underestimate the power of extreme stress and anxiety in
producing symptoms. Get some counselling regardless of your test
results. It has helped me a lot.

Best of luck and keep us posted.

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Re: Have been so scared new
      #233041 - 10/27/07 02:20 AM

its better to know and have your health

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