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Can anxiety and stress cause HIV symptoms?

Can anxiety and stress cause HIV symptoms?

No: Although HIV have to do with immune systems but unless you engage in risky exposure because of stress and anxiety., one does not cause the other by themselves. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can stress and anxiety lead to HIV symptoms?

Can stress and anxiety lead to HIV symptoms?

No, except...: ...Insofar as that under stress and anxiety people tend to engage in riskier, tension relieving activity. ...Read more

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Had test after 18 days , negative for STDs and HIV , can anxiety stress make you think you have HIV symptoms?

Had test after 18 days , negative for STDs and HIV , can anxiety stress make you think you have HIV symptoms?

That is possible.: Are you using safe sex? Using unsafe approaches to sex can certainly heighten std fears (; increase std risk as well). Take care. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety imitate many hiv first stage symptoms? How common is it that people afraid of hiv after unprotected vaginal sex actually have?

Can stress and anxiety imitate many hiv first stage symptoms? How common is it that people  afraid of hiv after unprotected vaginal sex actually have?

See your doctor : Many people experience anxiety about having a sexually transmitted disease after engaging in intercourse. You may want to discuss this with your doctor who can test you. Hopefully this will ease your mind. If you continue to be anxious, you may want to see a therapist. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress and sleep deprivation due to fear of an exposure which occured in reality cause real symptoms of HIV like white tongue,thrush?

Can anxiety and stress and sleep deprivation due to fear of an exposure which occured in reality cause real symptoms of HIV like white tongue,thrush?

Anxiety: can cause a dry mouth. ( flight or fight response) Candida albicans causes thrush. a simple test can confirm the latter. Taking antibiotics can increase your risk of getting thrush (kill off the normal bacterial flora) If you think you have thrush have it looked at and get it treated. ...Read more

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Is there anything that will cause a false neg HIV test? Meds? Stress? Anxiety? Fasting? Anything?

Yes: Standard HIV screening tests actually test for the presence of antibodies that the body makes to fight the HIV virus. False negatives are most commonly due to testing too soon after exposure. The period of time for the body to make antobodies is called "the window period". It varies in each person, but it is usually between 3 to 6 months. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause sickness ive been stressed out for 4 months now over hiv tests that are negative but still very worried?

Can stress and anxiety cause sickness ive been stressed out for 4 months now over hiv tests that are negative but still very worried?

Counseling?: Stress and anxiety increase risk of health problems like heart disease, stroke, etc. But this is a long term issue, not likely to cause serious health problems in the short run. It isn't normal to continue to be so stressed after negative testing accompanied by reasoned, science-based reassurance. It suggests an underlying emotional/psychological problem. Consider professional counseling. ...Read more

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Is anxiety causing my double vision because i was stressing out for 6months i thought i had HIV turns out i didn't i still have double vision?

Is anxiety causing my double vision because i was stressing out for 6months i thought i had HIV turns out i didn't i still have double vision?

Don't panic yet: Double vision may be due to something as simple as dry eyes to a severe neurological disorder. A good starting point is to see an ophthalmologist for a good exam to help localize where the problem may lie. ...Read more

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I am getting nail pitching type rash (No red bumps , its white wound when someone pinch) , its burning. I agree i am in too much anxiety in HIV fear. Is this related to HIV or Stress or allergy?

I am getting nail pitching type rash (No red bumps , its white wound when someone pinch) , its burning. I agree i am in too much anxiety in HIV fear. Is this related to HIV or Stress or allergy?

Too complicated.: Your issues are too complicated to address in a simple Q & A format. If you can't see a doctor about this, you can use our Virtual Consult app, upload a photo of your rash and have a conversation with one of our doctors. Although we can't do any testing, we may be able to give you peace of mind. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have HIV ars symptoms after 6 weeks of exposure? How conclusive is HIV RNA and combo at 23.5 days? Acute anxiety, please help!!!

Be tested!: It's pretty clear that you need to be tested. Also, you need to prevent exposure - safe sex is the only kind of sex that makes sense for so many reasons. While being tested, ask your questions and learn how to take care of yourself. Life will be less anxiety provoking when you do. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor, I've been stressing about my recent unprotected sex incidence. I want to know what's the most obvious early symptoms of HIV? Thanks

Hello Doctor,

I've been stressing about my recent unprotected sex incidence. I want to know what's the most obvious early symptoms of HIV? Thanks

Get tested: If you don't get tested, you're simply going to obsess over every little change or sensation in your body. One of the new assays will give you reliable information after a month. If you had a very high-risk exposure (i.e., unprotected anal penetration by a non-treated HIV-positive man, or similar), ask about post-exposure prophylaxis. Otherwise, get tested and cherish the fact you shared love. ...Read more

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Having mild/moderate headaches each day. Pain located between eyebrows...read this is sinus headache but sinuses feel fine. Had recent HIV potential exposure (low risk).My question is,could headaches like this be an ARS symptom? Could this be stress?

Having mild/moderate headaches each day. Pain located between eyebrows...read this is sinus headache but sinuses feel fine. Had recent HIV potential exposure (low risk).My question is,could headaches like this be an ARS symptom? Could this be stress?

Tension headache: the most common cause of headache is tension headache due to spasm on the muscles in the head and neck medical review is indicated in you feel unwell, fever, weight loss, confusion, visual changes or neck spasm Other symptoms that nictitates medical review are head trauma, illicit drug use, exposure to toxins, awaken you from sleep or get worse with cough http://patient.info/print/28472 ...Read more

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Are there similar symptoms of anxiety and hiv?

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None: There are no specific symptoms of HIV that overlap with anxiety. If you are anxious over the possibility of having hiv, go get tested! ...Read more

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How you know if you git HIV or anxiety symptoms?

How you know if you git HIV or anxiety symptoms?

Both are possible: It is possible to be both hiv+ and have anxiety symptoms -- one doesn't rule out the other. You can get tested for HIV through your family physician's office. That would be the best idea, so you can get help and support for either condition. There are also public resources for HIV testing: http://hivtest.Cdc.Gov/. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cancer, hiv, and anxiety problems?

A lot of questions: I cannot really provide a brief answer for symptoms of cancer and hiv, as that covers a lot of territory. Naturally, one could become highly emotional, upset, anxious and depressed when given the diagnosis of any severe disease which can be life threatening. I would add, that most centers which deal with such diseases, have support groups which can be highly beneficial to lower anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more