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The Well Project

Did You Just Test HIV Positive?

...HIV presents many challenges. Building a support network can help you learn to cope. Take your time and don't feel that you have to tell everyone right away (see The Well Project's info sheet on disclosure ). But don't let fear of being judged cause you to isolate yourself and not talk to anyone. If it is hard to tell family and friends at first, you may want to turn to HIV organizations. Many newly-diagnosed people want to speak with...
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WILL DONATE $100.00.hiv anxiety or infected?8 months anxiety +guilt or late seroconverter?.sick and tired of waking up

hello,for the last 8 months i have lived in fear.i was on deployment and i had sex with a csw in thailand(worried about hiv subtypes) and every since then i have been worried about hiv.i have tested negative every time for the last 6 months(navy and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...anxiety does not resolve once your guilt has lifted, you should seek psychological counseling to help control your irrational fears and anxiety. Counseling and/or anti-anxiety medication can be very helpful.For general health reasons, I strongly... Read more »

Scared for my two young daughters! Please help!

Hi Doctor Frascino,First I should say that I have very severe OCD about HIV and AIDS, which I am currently seeking treatment for. Often I am able to get buy, but I did have a couple of incidents that I just can't seem to get over.The first concerns...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...absolutely agree with your self assessment: "I have very severe OCD about HIV!" No doubt about it!As you probably realize, your fears are indeed irrational and completely unwarranted. The potential risks you describe are completely... Read more »

please help doctor hiv scare(d) in Romania

Dear Dr. Frascino,I very much need your professional opinion. I'm far from home (US) and alone, working for the peace corp in Romania, where until recently I was helping to make a difference in life by helping some of Romania's poor, socially...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...is not warranted or necessary. What you need is a psychiatrist to help you confront your clinical depression, irrational HIV fears and anxiety. In addition you need to clean up your act! Quit smoking; reduce stress; start exercising; improve your... Read more »

scared to start hiv meds

Hi Dr,l have recently tested positive to hiv and my viral load is 25,000 and cd4 count 355, my doctor said to get ready to start meds, l am 36 years old, l feel okay at the moment but not like before l had hiv,if l start meds will l feel better,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...decade. Without the benefits of those medications, I have no doubt I would not be here today to respond to your questions.Don't be frightened and don't let HIV control your life or your destiny. Get informed. Take control and begin kicking some... Read more »
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The Body

Fear and HIV Prevention Shouldn't Mix

...commissioner for the NYC DOHMH's Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control told FishbowlNY , "Silence is no solution." The use of fear is not new when it comes to HIV prevention, and when looking at how far (or not far) we have come in the past... Read more »
Housing Works

Charles King Op-Ed: Shock Tactics Won't Stop HIV

...still wouldn't be effective. Scare tactics -- alone -- don't work. Take the gruesome anti-smoking ads the city used to run. Yes, fear might have gotten you to think about stopping smoking, but when fear ran out, you had other incentives to kick... Read more »
Housing Works

NYC Health Dept. Defends Graphic HIV Video: "This Is Not Fabricated"

...statistic about anal cancer from this article in the Annals of Internal Medicine . "Showing that HIV comorbidities exist is not fear-mongering," said Mark Peterson, program director at Michigan Positive Action Coalition. "... I freely admit... Read more »
The Well Project

Lipodystrophy, Body Changes and HIV/AIDS

...poor self-image and low self-esteem. Somepeople may want to stop taking their HIV drugs. Others may put off treatmentdue to fear of experiencing lipodystrophy symptoms. You should talk to yourhealth care provider if you are feeling this way. ... Read more »
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scared

Posted by adamb, 14 Replies
...july 10, 2009 was the day they told me and I have been living in a fog ever since, i'm so scared. I have not had any other tests done as of yet so not sure where I stand - i dont think i can do this. someone help me Thank Read more »

scared lost but optimistic

Posted by dean661, 10 Replies
...start drug therapy do I listen do I pause and do further research do I stop the recent klonapin prescription so I'm alert??? I'm afraid. One test was done to determine if I was infected by someone who didn't follow their drug therapy properly and... Read more »

Scared

Posted by Janes, 5 Replies
...correct?. It's very difficult for me to share this at this moment with the people I love. Don't want to put them in the kind of fear, stress I am in right now, maybe it's nothing, and it's all because of the enormous amount of fear, stress etc.... Read more »

Update - scared out of my mind

Posted by ohcrud, 2 Replies
...she does normally use condoms, so I asked her why this time she didn't have one for me). I am pulling my hair out. I am so scared. It has been 28 hours since we had sex, so I think PEP would work. I have actually called the Hong Kong HIV... Read more »