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      04/05/00 01:39 AM

Hi. I spent MANY hours on this web site and others in the past. I am a "recovering Worried Well," I guess you could say.
I just have some thoughts to share with some of you who might be in the same boat.

A little background.. I am a female who had unprotected sex with a man whose status is unknown to me. I was terrified of being infected for MONTHS.. 9 acutally. I got tested at 4 months-neg and I felt great for a while. Then, I got tested at 6 months-neg, felt okay until I realized I was 12 hours short of the 6 month mark. So I got tested again at 7 months-neg.. felt okay for about a day. Then got tested again at 8 months with antibody and antigen. Still negative. The simple fact is, I don't have HIV. Yet, I could not convince myself of this. Through all of this I have convinced myself that I had shingles, thush, swollen glands, sore joints... even PCP!!!
Your mind is really powerful. If you think you have something, your body can respond.

My advice is this..
-If you put yourself at reasonable risk (not oral sex or protected sex) then get tested at 3 and 6 months.
-If your tests are neg, BELIEVE them!!
-Stay off of the internet looking for HIV info!! (this only makes it worse)
-If you CAN'T stay of the net (I couldn't for a while) go to I found really good information there.. just like here at thebody. If you are worried well, go to the "questions archived by category" section. This will help. At least it helped me.

I basically just got to a point where I realized that NOTHING is worth the amount of stress I was putting myself through. I mean, there is nothing worth that much torment.. even actually having HIV isn't worth it.

I don't know if any of this will help anyone, I hope it will. I welcome e-mail if anyone needs help or companionship though this awful situation.

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