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HIV and stress

Dear Dr Bob, You have many followers and you are one hel of a funny guy!My Question is that I am HIV poz and under extreme stress and am wondering if stress is harmful to HIV positive individuals?? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Well, there's stress and then there's STRESS!As it turns out, intermittent low-grade stress is actually good for the immune system (whether HIV poz or not), but excessive stress can indeed by harmful. How much stress is too much? Having... Read more »

HIV+ and stressed out

How dangerous is stress when you are HIV positive? I have been going through so much lately,... Read more »

Nine years of HIV and stress

My wife and I tested positive for HIV in 2003. We don't know how or when we got it. We... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Highly Stressed: Stressful and Traumatic Experiences Among Individuals With HIV/AIDS in the Deep South

Among persons living with HIV infection, a history of traumatic and/or stressful experiences is prevalent "and has been consistently associated with poorer health outcomes," the authors wrote. Yet little is known about incident stressful experiences... Read more »
The Well Project

Stress Management and HIV

Table of Contents Stress and HIV Signs of Stress Common Causes of Stress How to Decrease Stress Depression Other Tips for Reducing Stress Stress and HIV Everyone deals with a certain amount of stress every day. But if you are... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stressful or Traumatic Life Events, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms and HIV Sexual Risk Taking Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

The researchers designed the current study to assess "the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in response to stressful or traumatic life events and their impact on HIV risk behaviors and associated psychosocial variables among... Read more »
AIDS Survival Project

Stress and HIV

See also: Tips for Reducing Stress By Dawn Lipthrott, MSW, LCSW Six Stress-Reducing Principles for People with Chronic Conditions By Elizabeth E. Lehmann How Vulnerable Are You to Stress? Let's Take a Test! "Sustained stress erodes immune... Read more »
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20 months of HIV stress

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I can't believe all I have been through for the last 20 months. After a "low risk" encounter outside my marriage I came down with a strange illness a few days later. It was something I had never felt before, consisting of a very flushed feeling,... Read more »

HIV or just stress? Please advise....

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I've had no flu like symptoms at all, but just have a very mild rash on my lower legs that almost feels like slight sunburn or dry skin. I had a low risk encounter 2 months ago. Please advise. I'm not sure if stress can do this or what. Without... Read more »

Full Symtoms List for those STRESSED about HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
SYMPTOMS

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS

ChillsThirst
Racing HeartPerspiration/sweaty hands
Butterflies in StomachHeadaches
StomachachesBackaches
Tiring EasilyNervous Ticks
Urinating FrequentlyDifficulty Sleeping
Difficulty BreathingDizziness
RestlessnessSusceptibility to... Read more »

Herpes or HIV, I'm stressing

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I went to a massage parlor and participated in heavy grinding/frottage with masseuse. She was bent over table and I was behind her. She had fishnets on and I had my boxers on. I think that my penis may have peeked out and made contact with her... Read more »