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once diagnosed how do you stop obsessing and self analyzing

Posted by change33, 1 Reply
Time waiting is the hardest part of it. I haven't fully emotionally crashed as yet, but the reality that I may have affected some one else I care for is killing me more than the thought of myself being possibly being HIV +. My skin, my weight and... Read more »

Obsession Continues - Mouth/Gums

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
1) If I had an aphthous ulcer in the mouth, would I be able to tell? Is it painful?

2) At the back of my gums (on the side where the tongue is) I have red lines of capillaries, rather thick, going from teeth to tongue. What are they? Can someone... Read more »

HIV obsessed

Posted by U_mushroomhaters, 3 Replies
Some of you know me some of you hate me (probably deserved) I am obsessed with HIV and it has cost me EVERYTHING I love in life.It all started 3 1/2 years ago I had some unlikely exposures (oral and maybe a needle stick) about 6 months after that I... Read more »

mentally sick with obsession of HIV please help..

Posted by tech, 1 Reply
Hi im 17 years old, 9 months ago i had protected oral sex with a prositiute, a week later i had a bump on my lips so i put ice on it and it went within a couple of hours, i was so scared i went to get an HIV test, came out negative, now through 9... Read more »

Don't obsess about oral sex!

Posted by Anonymous
THIS is the LATEST study just presented!

Tuesday August 14 5:37 PM ET

Oral Sex Unlikely to Transmit HIV, Researchers Say

By Emma Hitt, PhD
ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Unprotected oral sex is highly unlikely to transmit HIV (news - web sites) infection,... Read more »
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Obsessive worry about HIV

Dear Doc, In Feb 2009 I went for a friend's bachelor party and fingered and kissed a dancer. From that day onwards anxiety set in (maybe due to guilt -I am married). I was scared that I got HIV from this encounter so in May 2009 I got tested:...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Thanks for writing. When HIV tests offer no reassurance despite repeated negative results, and when the concern spreads to worry about the testing procedure itself, it indicates the likelihood of an anxiety disorder. One such disorder that matches... Read more »

HIV Obsession: Shingles & HPV

Hello Dr. Bob-I am currently having an episode of extreme paranoia that I contracted HIV in my past. My "questionable" encounter happened over 7 years ago and for some reason I am not just putting 2 and 2 together (I have been tested for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.So, let me get this straight. Seven years after having unprotected sex you claim to have "lost your mind thinking about HIV" and you have "totally convinced yourself that you have HIV." You've had STD screening during... Read more »

You could be my last opportunity to get advice; I'm obsessing

I am very thankful that you and this board exist. I am a 40 y/o male heterosexual. I have obsessive-compusive disorder (OCD) and a variety of other emotional issues. The reason I am writing is that occassionaly I get some very light night sweats,...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Dear Richard: I certainly hope that I'm not your last opportunity to get advice. There are many causes of night sweats other than HIV. Please get tested! Knowledge is power. Only by being tested, will you be able to stop obsessing. I... Read more »

obsessing with worry

Dr. Bob, I've read many of the Q & A's and am hoping you can help me...I am a nervous wreck. In 99 I had unprotected sex w/ someone for a several month period. He told me he was clean and stupidly I believed him. Right before we ended...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello - You had "unprotected sex with someone for a several month period?" Wow, that takes a lot of stamina! Didn't you even stop for pizza or a smoke?OK, so this happened in '99 and you've been using your husband as a... Read more »
Body Positive

Obsessive-Compulsive: To My Psychotherapist, Dan

Just went to look up obsessive- compulsive disorder (OCD) in the dictionary, actually in two dictionaries. It was in neither. So, while I'm reasonably sure I've had it for years, I'm not sure, clinically, what it is. Is that, in fact, what I've had?... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Mental Health

Anxiety Disorders

Introduction Panic Disorder Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder) Specific Phobias Generalized Anxiety Disorder Role of Research in Improving the Understanding and Treatment of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

India Seeks Novel Ways to Tackle AIDS

From tapping into the national obsession with cricket to using advertising slogans on soft-drink bottles, India is employing a variety of methods to promote HIV prevention messages. In the world's second-most populous nation, condom use is still low... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Uganda's HIV/AIDS Rates Stop Falling

For the first time in a decade, Uganda's HIV infection rate has not declined, according to the HIV surveillance report compiled by the Ministry of Health. The report says 6.5 percent of women sampled at 20 antenatal clinics countrywide during 2001... Read more »