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Worried about actual HIV status even after negative results?

Worried about actual HIV status even after negative results?

Well, was the HIV: Testing done after the window when you could have the disease but still test as negative? Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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


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What can I do to treat this anxiety of hiv?

What can I do to treat this anxiety of hiv?

Find out: If you are feeling anxious about whether or not you have become HIV positive, find out. Testing is usually free through your local health department. Then you can seek treatment appropriate for your status if needed. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop my anxiety about HIV and health issues?

Knowledge: Knowledge and psychotherapy can help allay anxiety about HIV and medical issues. Knowledge is power. Anxiety is often due 2 ignorance when it comes 2medical issues. People can reduce the likelihood of contracting diseases like HIV by practicing safe precautions in intimate relations. If u think u have been exposed talk 2 your doctor fond out whether u have contracted it if not speak 2 a therapist. ...Read more

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What are the ways that couples with differnt HIV statuses deal with the anxiety of sex?

What are the ways that couples with differnt HIV statuses deal with the anxiety of sex?

Mixed-Status Couples: Ongoing communication, knowledge-seeking & negotiation r key 4 "mixed-status" - couples - those consisting of a person who's hiv-negative & one who's hiv-positive. They live w/ frightening possibilities, incl the possibility that one partner could infect/become infected by the other; the possibility that one might have 2 take care of the other; etc. Resource materials: http://bit. Ly/10jznp5. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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I am having severe anxiety over the prospect of having hiv. I intitally tested negative but how accurate are results after 4 weeks from "exposure"?

Accurate after: You can request another test at 3 months after exposure. By that time 97% of people who are infected with HIV will test positive with the rapid antibody test. Make sure to use condoms and check for tears before wearing them. ...Read more

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I saw from the HIV related sites all the HIV tests are not 100% accurate then when we can be sure we don't have HIV 100% sorry for asking again anxiety?

I saw from the HIV related sites all the HIV tests are not 100% accurate then when we can be sure we don't have HIV 100% sorry for asking again anxiety?

Driving U-Self Crazy: If there is in any way doubt about an HIV test then you must get a second test. There is no statistical way that two tests could be falsely inaccurate. ...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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I've been having Bad Anxiety issues involving HIV I was tested in November and I came out negative Am I on a good track?

I've been having Bad Anxiety issues involving HIV I was tested in November and I came out negative Am I on a good track?

Depends on timing: The HIV blood tests are among the most accurate diagnostic tests ever developed, for any medical condition. If your last test was done at least a a few weeks after your last possible exposure, you can be sure you were not infected and don't have it ...Read more

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How conclusive is HIV RNA test at 23 day mark? Have to wait with anxiety till I get test again. ARS at 6 weeks freaking me out. Thanks in adv

How conclusive is HIV RNA test at 23 day mark? Have to wait with anxiety till I get test again. ARS at 6 weeks freaking me out. Thanks in adv

Nearly 100%: Welcome to HealthTap.

You can relax. Virtually all persons with HIV have positive RNA or DNA tests by 23 days. You don't need to wait 6 wk for final testing. Ask your doctor or clinic about a DUO or "4th generation" test, for which the result is conclusive 4 weeks or more after exposure. I might have more advice if you'd like to say more about your exposure and any symptoms you may have. ...Read more

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I've been in a same sex relationship with a female since feb, I was tested in August for hiv due to illness anxiety, it's negative. Can I trust it?

I've been in a same sex relationship with a female since feb, I was tested in August for hiv due to illness anxiety, it's negative. Can I trust it?

Yes, unless. . .: Female-to-female transmission of HIV is rare enough that it's published when confirmed (http://goo. Gl/oVFQvi). However, you're still at risk if you engage in unprotected sex w/infected men even if infrequently, inject drugs or share needles (http://goo. Gl/Bfs0JL & http://goo. Gl/cLtvgp). Repeat HIV testing 6mo apart is accurate assuming no other risk factors/exposures. ...Read more

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Hi Dr. If the condom was used correctly (wasn't slipped out or break), can HIV pass into my body? I'm facing a big anxiety, I'm so worried also.

Hi Dr. If the condom was used correctly (wasn't slipped out or break), can HIV pass into my body? I'm facing a big anxiety, I'm so worried also.

Unlikely: HIV is passed through blood or body secretions like semen or vaginal secretions when they come in contact with a raw area or a break in the skin during sexual activity. I think your proper use of Condom would protect you. So wait to worry. Just get your HIV test done in 6-12 months, just to be sure. ...Read more

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I am having severe illness anxiety. Had unprotected sex late jan/early feb, hiv results came back neg Aug. 28. Can I trust these results are accurate?

I am having severe illness anxiety. Had unprotected sex late jan/early feb, hiv results came back neg Aug. 28. Can I trust these results are accurate?

Very reliable: If you haven't had unprotected sex since February and your HIV test was negative in August, this is very reliable to rule out an HIV infection from that last encounter. So you can rest assured. If your anxiety isn't getting better talk to your primary care provider. ...Read more

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I might developed some kind on HIV hypochondria, or serious health anxiety. Ihave 3 negative tests and I still think about it. How can I get my life back?

I might developed some kind on HIV hypochondria, or serious health anxiety. Ihave 3 negative tests and I still think about it. How can I get my life back?

Meditation: Since the facts are clear you don't have HIV you need to focus on letting go of something that isn't real. Imagine a bonfire where you sit in front of. Write your concerns on a piece of paper, crumple it and throw it into the fire and watch your concerns disappear into smoke. When the thoughts reappear imagine them once again disappearing into smoke. ...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

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I used oraquick and was wondering if it uses the real HIV virus? High anxiety

No: There is not HIV virus in the oraquick kit. You cannot get HIV by using this material. ...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?: Over the long run, stress and anxiety increase risks of health various problems like heart disease, stroke, etc. It isn't normal to continue to be so stressed after negative testing accompanied by reasoned, science-based reassurance. Perhaps reacting to a sexual exposure you regret? Whatever the reason, this 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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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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I have anxiety and every symptom I think of happen to me. I think of HIV and aids symptoms and then I feel them. And it makes my anxiety really bad?

I have anxiety and every symptom I think of happen to me. I think of HIV and aids symptoms and then I feel them. And it makes my anxiety really bad?

Anxiety/Imagination: Http://youtu. Be/kyjdekjiaog
check out this video.... One of the best discussions on worry, anxiety, and stress. Your brain can turn anxiety into calmness but you might need a good counselor to help you. ...Read more

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I lost 5 kg in 5 month my weight is 72, if I done 6 month test 4th gen would it rule out my HIV status? Toung and cough is not improving is it anxiety

I lost 5 kg in 5 month my weight is 72, if I done 6 month test 4th gen would it rule out my HIV status? Toung and cough is not improving is it anxiety

Get checked now: You're worried, and it's good that you're concerened about your health. I'll be surprised if you have HIV on board. What I'd most like to have you do is to get back into that fitness-focused lifestyle you enjoyed so much as a teen. Get yourself checked as well for cough-variant asthma -- it gets missed a lot and can start at your age. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a protected sex around a week ago. I have been feeling very tired and fatigue for past 4days. Is it from anxiety or HIV? ....

Hi, I had a protected sex around a week ago. I have been feeling very tired and fatigue for past 4days. Is it from anxiety or HIV? ....

Most likely anxiety: While it's not impossible, it's very unlikely to catch HIV or other sexually transmitted disease after/while engaging in protected sex. So feeling tired & fatigued afterwards is more likely due to anxiety from sex act. However, if you already are HIV positive, that could explain tired, fatigue AND anxiety, too. Of course, there are other reasons for feeling tired & fatigued: anemia, hypothyroidism ...Read more

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Had an encounter with someone unknown HIV/HEP c, briefly made out for 2 seconds, 2 n 6 week tests negative. Should I still be worried? I have anxiety?

Saliva X-change low: Risks from what was called making out in my day are quite low for transmission. Perhaps not zero - but close. So, don't worry too much - your test results should reassure you. But even w/out serious health risks, you may want to consider the emotional meaning of getting that close to a person you don't know. I'm not at all prudish, but self worth makes me enjoy being physical w/ folk I like. ...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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more