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How to stop being a worried well, can't afford therapy.
Hi All,

I am looking for advice regarding getting over my "worried well" syndrome.  Almost 13 months ago, I gave unprotected oral sex to a woman of unknown status, in which I had some small cuts on my gums from brushing/flossing 30 min prior.  Afterwards, I had mouth ulcers and numerous other symptoms (and still continue to have strange symptoms) which I will not get into as I know they are irrelevant.  I have had negative antibody tests after the window period and also an undetectable pcr viral load test at about 1 year.  I felt relieved and a few weeks ago donated blood to the red cross as a way of giving back.  Now every time I get a sore throat, loose stool, runny nose, or a new bump or wart on my body I instantly think back to HIV.  I have spoken to my doctor and read from all of the experts on the internet and I still can't shake the worry that I have HIV.  I always think that I may have a rare subtype of HIV or I am one of the extremely rare few who does not produce antibodies.  I know all the statistics and I know how incredibly unlikely these things are and that they would likely be picked up by the tests I have taken.  I worry that I have infected someone else through my blood donation, I worry that I have infected my current girlfriend.  I know that these worries are irrational and would like to get over them, I cannot afford therapy as it is not covered by my insurance.  Does anyone have advice for techniques, resources, or anything else that can help one get over being a worried well?  Thank you for your time and help.  
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You should be able to find a therapist that fits your budget. There are some clinics associated with universities as well as community mental health clinics that offer fees on a sliding scale. There are also occasionally therapists that do volunteer work for churches. Just use google to search for sliding scale therapists in your area.
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Thank you joggen.  I will follow up with a mental health professional, hopefully I can find one that fits my budget.  
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