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Hiv Physical Symptoms

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AIDS InfoNet

Smoking and HIV can develop a combination of approaches that work best for you. Some people quit smoking "cold turkey." That is, they just stop smoking. Other people need some kind of support. This can be from medications that manage the physical symptoms of withdrawal. It might also be therapies that deal with the psychological addiction to smoking. Nicotine withdrawal can be treated with medications. Some are available over the counter, while others...
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psychosomatic symptoms

I feel that I can develope the symptoms of a disease, like HIV. Do doctors believe in Somatization?I got cold and then I start reading the symptoms of ARS. Now there is no possible symptom of ARS that I have not developed. But all the symptoms...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
...If you believe that your symptoms are psychosomatic (the process of psychological conflict causing physical symptoms), an appropriate treatment would be professional mental health counseling. This could include psychotherapy, psychiatric... Read more »

Slow Progression

Micheal, I know that you are a 'slow progressor'. What I do not understand however is what exactly is meant by slow progression. Does it mean HIV related problems, which are very subtle? Or does it mean HIV related problems which take a long time to...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
...despite being infected with HIV. He or she may or may not have a viral load that is detectable. But they have never had any physical symptoms of HIV related illness. An HIV slow progressor is a person who has a confirmed exposure to HIV for at... Read more »

stress and anxiety

Michael,I wrote you the stress and anxiety question, I apologize for not being very clear. I guess my question is more of a "worried well" question, meaning that could the stress and anxiety from thinking that one may have contracted HIV (from...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
...Heightened anxiety and stress do have the potential to create physical symptoms that can mimic HIV.Michael Shernoff, MSW Read more »

Positive & scared of every move

Before I tested positive I felt great, looking back I may have overlooked some syptoms but ever since I found out my results I seem to have alot of different things happening like sharp pains in my hands and elbow joints, also slight headaches just...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...started after a stressful event, learning that you were HIV+. You are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, which seem to appear as physical symptoms in you, aches and pains, physical tension, and difficulty relaxing. You would benefit from some... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mental Health Needs of HIV Sufferers Up as Medications Help Physical Symptoms

...develop a working knowledge of how to treat HIV patients. He says psychiatric residency training should include some exposure to HIV/AIDS issues -- often not the case outside large Canadian centers. People with HIV have a higher incidence of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Social Support and Maladaptive Coping as Predictors of the Change in Physical Health Symptoms Among Persons Living With HIV/AIDS and maladaptive coping as predictors of HIV-related health symptoms in a primarily low-income and diverse sample of HIV/AIDS patients with respect to gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. To study coping strategies, social support... Read more »
The Body

Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

...just celebrate my life and beat it. That was my choice." Click here to read or listen to how other people disclosed their HIV status. D'Jaun Black Diagnosed in 2004 "Being HIV positive has been the greatest adventure I've ever... Read more »
The Well Project

Women, Depression and HIV/AIDS

...Options Get Evaluated and Treated for Depression Depression Is More Common in Women While many people living with HIV (HIV-positive people) suffer from depression, it is more common in HIV-positive women than HIV-positive men. In some... Read more »
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is this possible?

Posted by jkkljhklj, 1 Reply
...can somebody who's hiv negative that has hiv anxiety show hiv symptoms? (like night sweats or dry mouth) Read more »

Outta here - can't take it anymore

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...exposure, even if it is low risk. But at least admit that the odds of you being the very first person in medical history to contract HIV by penetrative oral sex or fingering are extremely low at best. You should be like .0001% sure, not 99% sure.... Read more »

HIV + or all in my mind?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Is it possible to recreate some of the physical symptoms of HIV through stress/anxiety? About 8 weeks I had what only can be described as a very, very low risk sexual encounter with Read more »

Encouragement and Hope for all!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...suspect HIV infection. By the grace of GOD, I DON'T HAVE IT!! My message to you all is very simple. The existance of or lack of physical symptoms does not indicate you have HIV, symptoms are best used as clues to illness which in turn clues you... Read more »