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Doctor insights on: Acute Stress Anxiety Or Hiv Symptoms

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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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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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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