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still waiting and recovering from cold
      #30526 - 03/25/02 01:45 AM

Well Friday when I was going to call I got all wrapped up at work and everyone started coming by my office so by the time i was finished it was 6pm, too late. I got really sick this Friday, don't know why, guess the cold weather. I'm still trying to get better but I've had a sore throat and severely tired (I slept like 13 hours today and was still tired!)
I'm still waiting to hear back from my doc so everything that happens(like me catching a cold so easily) convinces me that everything is related.
I don't have issues of guilt that keep me here. I'm worried that my bf may have had it before I started sleeping with him and I just was lucky when I tested negative in 2000. My fears stem from me getting sick so easily this past year and other stuff.
I don't have windows issues either as I just want to hear something/anything. I don't know why I'm so scared but I keep thinking that I have to prepare myself for a HIV+ response. I keep thinking I will not have the strength to call my doc tomorrow. Why is this so hard!!! Why am I sick again!
still waiting.

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Re: still waiting and recovering from cold new
      #30528 - 03/25/02 03:02 AM

I quit smoking 4 months ago but Wednesday and Thursday I had a bit of anxiety and had like 4 cigarettes on both days. I know that smoking and drinking brings down ones immune system when they are hiv+. I've never had this effect after smoking, then again I haven't smoked in a while. Why do they tell those who are HIV+ that they should quit and not drink as much? What opportunistic infections are they speaking about? I'm sorry that I'm sorta freaking out but I was doing okay these past two weeks(waiting for my results) and then I got sick for no apparent reason, only that I smoked and may have been in cold weather.uuugghhh my throat is killing me and I feel yucky. I'm really scared and feel my heart racing. Am I going to have a night without sleep?

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Re: still waiting and recovering from cold new
      #30531 - 03/25/02 04:10 AM

Colds have nothing to do with HIV. People that are HIV+ don't get colds more often and do not have a harder time getting over a cold than a person that is HIV-. Cold germs (viruses) are controlled by a different part of the immune system, a part that is not impacted by HIV. But stress can make you more susceptible to those infections. You can find some info on it in posts on thebody's Expert Forums.

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