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Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system?
      #180469 - 03/17/06 10:08 AM

Do these things make you more suseptible to colds, flu, etc?

I haven't slept for a while now, (weeks) haven't eaten all that great, and Im usually so anxious/nervous/worried that I can't concentrate and have a 24 hr. a day 7 days a week headache....

Do things like that impair your immune system just enough that it makes it easier to get sick?? I know a lot of people on here think they have "symptoms" of HIV, but Im wondering if all the things above, can bring a person down enough, that they become more apt to get sick with colds and other "normal" illnesses????



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Re: Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system? new
      #180470 - 03/17/06 10:12 AM

hi

regards from india

Yes stress and anxiety affect the immune system and can cause variety of symptoms including the symptoms you mention.

Goodluck

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Stay Well

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Re: Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system? new
      #180474 - 03/17/06 10:19 AM

But that kind of suppression isn't enough to change the result/accuracy of an HIV antibody test...correct??

So if a person is "Stressed out" it doesn't make a difference in their testing for HIV??

Only MAJOR things like chemo, transplants, etc. are enough to possibly affect an HIV test? Am I right on that?



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Re: Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system? new
      #180476 - 03/17/06 10:33 AM

hi

regards from india

No stress and anxiety wouldnt make a diference to an HIV test.

Goodluck

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God Bless you

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Re: Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system? new
      #180561 - 03/17/06 04:43 PM

[quote]just wanna add in here, Mental Health is just as important as physical health, if you are not sleeping for weeks, and not eatig for days, you need to go address your stress and anxiety issues with a mental haelth care professional* [/quote]

I agree. But no amount of counseling, medication, meditation, or therapy of any sort is going to help me right now. The ONLY thing that will half way bring me back to reality and everything that comes with that.....is a test at 6 weeks. Which I have 2 more weeks to wait for! #$*)@#(*$)#@*$)*#

I will most likely be put away in a padded room before then.

If I never have sex again, it won't hurt my feelings any!!!

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      #180573 - 03/17/06 05:28 PM

I KNOW, I feel the SAME way about ever having sex again too! I've lost everything sexual about myself since this incident...

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6 week ELISA negative
12 week ???
Guy I was with tested last Tuesday but hasn't picked up his results yet!!! ahhh!!



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Re: Stress/lack of sleep/anxiety,effect immune system? new
      #180574 - 03/17/06 05:32 PM

Congrats on your 6 week negative!! From everything I know, thats about 99% accurate at that time!!!

I know they say condoms are good at protecting you from HIV, but I don't even think being with someone that's wearing a condom would put my mind at ease after all this!!!

If nothing else, this has taught me one heck of a lesson!!!

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      #180575 - 03/17/06 05:36 PM

Everyone's postings have made me so nervous about the 6 week result though...... :(
I know - I am not having sex again til I get married. Nobody believes me, but I very firm on this after all this....When I went and got my result at this Health Department, my mom was with me (I know, I know) and she made the nurse give me condoms and foam even after I refused them. How do you like that? hee

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