HIV Anxiety Support User Group
Sane or Mad Hiv and Saliva Exposure
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This support group is for those who are suffering from stress or anxiety associated with uncertain HIV status. HIV anxiety is extremely isolating for those who are going through it, as it is often very difficult to discuss with friends and family members. This group is provided for sufferers of HIV anxiety to discuss their fears in a supportive environment. Those with anxiety over non-HIV STDs are also welcome. For personal advice concerning HIV risk, testing, and prevention, please post in the HIV Prevention Community.

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Sane or Mad Hiv and Saliva Exposure

I am here because part of me feels I am justified to be worried but another says move on there's nothing to be worried about. A close relative of mine is HIV+ and whilst at the dinner table thought or maybe it did happen felt some spit land on my lips you know a few skittles etc. I think I have developed a AIDS phobia as a result of their status so my guard is always up around them. So it's no surprise to say I freaked out massively, my head was spinning and had a panic attack. It was cold so my lips were chapped and I have been thinking the saliva entered my bod through my cracked lips! I have read HIV info which says you can't get it through saliva , it's not infectious or active etc but I am still scared. It's like part of me feels annoyed that I came into contact with an HiV+!persons fluid even if not infectious it scares me like what if I have been put at risk? Going for a test would be too traumatic so I want to belie e I am being irrational and move on because at the moment I don't. I have been crippled with fear and anxiety to the point where I have developed OCD from replaying the event asking myself time and time again if the spit actually landed on my lips or did I imagine it (I could have been so freaked out that's its loss I imagined it but then again is it?) also depression has kicked in cause I feel my life is ruined, don't look forward to things, daly tasks are a struggle because I am constantly worried about this. I am trying to make sense of this all - have I developed anxiety from nothing? Did I have an exposure to HiV? Could it have possibly entered my body? Cause for concern or worrying needlessly? Please help this is slowly taking over my life, feel like I am drowning with fear it's so real!
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Anyone any advice?
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Hiya. Well you didnt have any risk of hiv. Saliva is not infectious, hence why kissing is not a risk. So from this you have nothing to worry about.

As for your phobia, well if you have got to that stage then its time to get help for it from some one who deals with phobias
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Thanks Apollo the fear outweighs the facts as you have explained so its finding a way to let go of those fears and BELIEVE that there's nothing to worry about and that's really hard!
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