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Anxiety About Hiv Testing

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Hiv symptom or Anxiety? Hiv test this friday, scared! HELP!?

Posted by jessicajane, 1 Reply
So I'm a 24 heterosexual female and I have has risky sexual encounters. My last boyfriend I had got tested for hiv and he was negative. However my current boyfriend has not had an hiv test and I don't know his current status. We have been in a... Read more »

Anxiety and HIV testing

Posted by kbuddy77, 2 Replies
I have been in a total crazy stressed out state in a situation where i drank too much and blacked out for 2 hours that was 2 mths ago I thought and knew i had this disease when in fact i dont was tested today using Trinty Uni-gold Third generation... Read more »

AIDS anxiety and getting tested

Posted by Anonymous
Anyone who thinks they may be HIV positive should get tested.
In 1988, when the virus was killing many, I developed a condition entitled "AIDS ANXIETY".
This condition can literally drive you nuts! Checking yourself constantly for symptoms, Going... Read more »

Anxiety over test tomorrow

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi All-

I have been obsessing over HIV for about 6 months now and I finally scheduled a test for tomorrow. I have been careless and not always practiced safe sex.

Although I always used the "pull-out" method and I never swallowed semen either(does... Read more »

To Anxiety : error's in testing

Posted by Kevin_In_Sydney, 1 Reply
Hi anxiety,

http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Current/Q140777.html

This is an answer to a question from Ryan Kull which should quell your fears regarding errors in testing

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Student Riddled with HIV Anxiety: Should I go for a HIV Test? (VISIONS AND FEARS OF BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED WHILE SLEEPING, 2010)

Respected Dr BobYou are God's gift to us who are riddled with HIV anxiety, and wish to have a peace of mind. I am yet another such person who desperately need your valuable advice.For the past 6 weeks, I have had 'visions' of being...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Student Riddled with HIV Anxiety,It's important to realize that having "visions of being sexually assaulted while sleeping naked" and actually being sexually assaulted while sleeping naked are two very different things! HIV... Read more »

anxiety over HIV test

I am a heterosexual male and had unprotected sex. I have had severe fatigue for the last month and am worried that it is caused by HIV. I have tested for HIV and am getting the results back next week. How can I keep from stressing out?...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
You can't prevent yourself from worrying until you get the results of your blood test. You will just have to live with this anxiety until then.Michael Shernoff, MSW... Read more »

Can high stress/anxiety affect HIV test results?

I have been reading a lot about the effects of stress on the immune system, and have a question. I have been in HIGH stress mode for the past 3 months since a low/no risk HIV exposure (mutual masturbation) -- have lost sleep, have all sorts of...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.1. If high stress levels caused false-negative HIV-antibody tests, the tests really wouldn't be worth much, because gazillions of folks have "high stress" for a whole host of reasons and are often off-the-chart stressed while... Read more »

Anxiety/paranoia after negative HIV test?

After a bad experience, I have had 4 negative HIV test at 12 weeks, 3 months & two at 6 months. Yet I am still paranoid that somehow the virus may still be lurking dorment. I now have not had sex with my wife for 8 months for fear of passing...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The only thing lurking and not very "dorment" at the moment is your anxiety, guilt and paranoia over your "bad experience." Your fears are completely irrational and unwarranted. Your repeatedly negative HIV tests out to six... Read more »
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(HIV) Testing Anxiety

For our World AIDS Day 2010 section, we wanted to capture the diversity of the AIDS community. So, we reached out to people across the world -- mostly those who have never written for us before -- and asked them to guest blog. These columns are... Read more »
CDC National Prevention Information Network

Depression, Anxiety Affect Cognitive Skills of Middle-Aged Women With HIV

This article was reported by PsychCentral . PsychCentral reported on a study of cognitive function in menopausal women with HIV. Pauline M. Maki, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago and colleagues reviewed data on 708 HIV-infected and... Read more »
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Please Don't Leave Me Because I Need You: An HIV Take on Separation Anxiety

Dave R. This article originally appeared onPositiveLite.com, Canada's Online HIV Magazine . Pacey: "It wasn't supposed to end like that. We're not supposed to end like that. Right?" (Remember Dawson's Creek ?) My last article was about... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

To Treat or Not To Treat ...

Let's say you have just received an HIV diagnosis, due to Pneumocystis pneumonia, a CD4 count of 120 and viral load at 260,000. Ask 100 doctors if you should be treated with antivirals (in addition to antibiotics and subsequent prophylaxis for the... Read more »