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.
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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