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HIV + Panic Disorder = Terror

Posted by grcboy28, 2 Replies
My situation keeps going from bad to worse, here's my story:

I suffer from panic disorder and anxiety issues with a history of hypochondriasis, HIVphobia and OCD. Not currently on meds.

For the first time in my life I had unprotected vaginal... Read more »

Falling back into that HIV panic

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
For a while I felt OK. I got negative antibody results at 6 weeks (POST PEP). For those who don't know, PEP stands for Post Exposure Prophlaxis. I had unprotected hetero sex with a prostitute (I was drunk, I might add, and stupid and angry at my... Read more »

very high risk, boyfriend hiv+, am in a panic

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
i live in italy. i met him last april and fell in love with him immediatelly. i knew there was something going on. in june i found out thru a common friend he had had hepatitis b. I asked him several times if he might be hiv+ he answerd no. in june... Read more »

Please read if your in a panic about HIV

Posted by kbuddy77, 2 Replies
I took have gone thru a living hell worring about weather or not i had HIV I read too much online and started diagnosing my body everyday looking for signs ex.Hiv has flooed my brain that was all i could think about. With todays technologys hiv... Read more »

Panic Attacks

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
It would seem that the fear of HIV could be considered a major life stress and thus be a trigger for panic disorders.

Amazing how similar so many symptoms are to what people experience here.

http://www.medicinenet.com/panic_disorder/article.htm

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Ask the Experts

HIV PANIC

I recently found out that a past sexual partner of mine recently tested HIV+. During these sexual encounters, I was on the receiving end which is the more dangerous side as far as contracting HIV is concerned. We haven't had sex in 2.5-3 years...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello FREAKING OUT,Bouts of thrush following antibiotic use are quite common. I agree with your doctor. This does not suggest you are immunocompromised. If you had unprotected sex, you have placed yourself at some degree of risk for STDs, including... Read more »

Panic about HIV disclosure

Dear Mr David Wohl,I have an inquiry regarding the HIV transmission and the use of post-exposure prophylaxis for the case as follows:Yesterday, when I was riding a motorbike on street, there was an impolite guy who suddenly spit on the street....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
There is no way I can imagine that this spit could infect you with HIV. I would not recommend PEP and I would advise an HIV test only to reassure you you are not positive. Feel free to test now and in a month and then forget this incident.... Read more »

anxiety or panic disorder and hiv / aids

I have deleloped a fear of taking meds due to panic attacks and overal anxiety, been doing better but will be starting a new regime in january even the meds i have taken before i'm afraid to take sometimes i feel like i can't breath but...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
It sounds like you are experiencing panic attacks, which can be effectively treated. The problem is not the regimen that you are taking, but the panic attacks themselves, which can occur spontaneously and without any specific anxiety-provoking... Read more »

Panic related to HIV exposure

I am somewhat of a hypochondriac and have minor OCD. It does notincapacitate me, but I do worry about my health a little too much.For almost two years I have been on 50 mg of Zoloft a day. It haddefinitely helped with sleeping and for these two...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Zoloft is an excellent treatment for panic attacks. You may need a dose adjustment to get a more effective response. Zoloft is used in doses of 50 - 200 mg/day. For panic attacks, doses in the range of 50 - 100 mg/day are often sufficient. Consult a... Read more »
Articles
AIDS Survival Project

Testing Positive: To Panic, or Not to Panic?

You will have a long and healthy life. So I'm having lunch with my ex at Mama Fu's Noodle House and that's the message on the sliver of paper crammed inside my fortune cookie. You will have a long and healthy life. After living with HIV for... Read more »
AIDS Survival Project

The Panic Over Sex Panic!

Last year a debate raged over barebacking, a current nickname for unprotected anal intercourse between gay men. Unfortunately, a debate engendered from genuine concern soon degenerated into the usual shrill, self-righteous posturing and censure that... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rage, Panic in AIDS Fight

President Barack Obama is reneging on his commitment to make big increases in global AIDS spending, say activists, causing some to pine for his predecessor, George W. Bush. The Global Health Initiative, the Obama administration's $63 billion,... Read more »
TheBodyPRO.com

Whatever Happened to H1N1 (Swine Flu) and HIV? New Answers at CROI 2010

Anjali Sanghvi --> The H1N1 pandemic that swept the world in 2009 caused plenty of panic and media hype. But given the small amount of available data on H1N1 at the time, HIV care providers were left with more questions than answers, including... Read more »