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Nov 18, 2011 - 56 comments

A lot of people have been writing questions about early symptoms of HIV infection. Many of these people do not seem to have any risk for HIV, but may be having some kind of anxiety related to an encounter with a sex worker (or as in the case of question one, a strip club). Most have tested negative for HIV and are beyond the window period. They report a wide array of symptoms, some of them are very severe. I think it is also significant that many of them appear to have been reading a lot about HIV since the incident which caused them to worry. Since these people are HIV negative, it seems logical to see a connection between their anxiety and their learning about HIV symptoms. Some of these correspondents report this connection after reflecting on it. For example, they develop diarrhea the day they read about that particular symptom.

The history of psychoanalysis is full of cases of people with severe physical symptoms which appear to have no organic cause (i.e. their labs are all negative), and which persist until some psychological movement is attained. Some people (called hypochondriacs) have this illness their whole life. They become obsessed with every symptom and continually shop for a doctor who will take their illnesses seriously. The saddest part about this pattern is that, for people who invest a great deal of their identity in being sick (and, as a result, sacrifice a lot of their relationships, time, and emotional energy), it can become very difficult to accept that they are not sick.

We are challenged, daily, on the hiv prevention forum regarding "symptoms".   People come with NO RISK situations, but are convinced, without a doubt, that they are having ars symptoms.   When we suggest that their symptoms are nothing more than anxiety produced, they still have trouble believing that anxiety can produce very real physical symptoms.

Below is a excellent list of what anxiety can to someone, both physically and psychologically.  

Common anxiety symptoms include:

Body (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the body in general):

Allergy problems, increase in allergies (number, sensitivity, reactions, lengthier reactions)
Back pain, stiffness, tension, pressure, soreness, spasms, immobility in the back or back muscles
Blanching (looking pale, loss of color in the face or skin)
Blushing, turning red, flushed face, flushed skin, blushing, red face or skin
Body aches, parts of or your entire body feels sore and achy, feels like your body and muscles are bruised
Body jolts, body zaps, electric jolt feeling in body, intense body tremor or “body shake”
Body temperature increase or decrease, change in body temperature
Burning skin, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, numbness on the skin
Burning skin sensation on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or shoulders
Buzzing sensation in the feet, toes, hands, fingers, arms, legs
Chest pain, chest tightness
Chronic Fatigue, exhaustion, super tired, worn out
Clumsiness, feeling clumsy, co-ordination problems with the limbs or body
Cold chills, feeling cold
Craving sugar, sweets, chocolate, usual craving for sugar and sweets
Difficulty speaking, moving mouth, talking, co-ordination problems with the mouth or tongue
Dizziness, feeling lightheaded
Dizzy, feeling dizzy
Electric shock feeling, body zaps
Excess of energy, you feel you can’t relax
Falling sensation, feel like your are falling or dropping even though you aren't
Feel like you are going to pass out or faint
Feeling cold or chilled
Feel wrong, different, foreign, odd, or strange
Flu-like symptoms, general malaise, feel ill, like you are coming down with a flu
Flushed face, red face, flushed skin
Frequent urination
Head Zaps
Heart palpitations, racing heart
Hyperactivity, excess energy, nervous energy
Increased or decreased sex drive
Infection - increased infections, persistent infection
Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Muscles that vibrate, jitter, tremor, or shake when used
Muscle twitching
Nausea vomiting

Neck, back, shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
Night sweats, waking up in a sweat, profusely sweating at night
No energy, feeling lethargic, tired
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Numbness and tingling, and other skin sensations on hands, feet, face, head, or any other places on the body
Persistent muscle tension, stiffness
Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
Pulsing or throbbing muscles. Pulsing or throbbing sensation.
Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage
Sexual Dysfunction, sexual uninterest
Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
Shooting pains in the face
Shooting pains in the scalp or head
Skipped heart beats
Sore or tight scalp or back of the neck
Startle easily
Sweating, uncontrollable profuse sweating
The floor feels like it is moving either down or up for no reason
Tightness in the ribs or rib cage area, may also feel like a tight band around the ribs or rib cage area.
Tingling sensations, anywhere on the body, including the hands, feet, legs, arms, head, mouth, chest, groin area
Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Trembling, shaking, tremors
Unsteadiness, dizziness, feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom (similar to urinary tract or prostate infection symptoms)
Warm spells
Weak - feel weak, weakness, low energy, light, soft, like you may faint
Weak legs, arms, or muscles
Weight loss, weight gain

Chest (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the chest area):

Chest tremors, trembling in the chest, chest feels like it is vibrating
Chest pain or discomfort
Concern about the heart
Feel like you have to force yourself to breath
Find it hard to breath, feeling smothered, shortness of breath
Frequent yawning to try and catch your breath
Heart Palpitations – beating hard or too fast, rapid heartbeat
Heart - Irregular heart rhythms, flutters or ‘skipped’ beats, tickle in the chest that makes you cough
Pounding heart, heart feels like it is beating too hard
Rib or rib cage tightness, pressure, or feeling like a tight band around the rib cage

Fears (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with fear):

A heightened fear of what people think of you
Afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits
Constant feeling of being overwhelmed.
Fear of being in public
Fear of dying
Fear of losing control
Fear of impending doom
Fear of making mistakes or making a fool of yourself to others
Fear of passing out
Fear that you are losing your mind
Fears about irrational things, objects, circumstances, or situations
Fears of going crazy, of dying, of impending doom, of normal things, unusual feelings and emotions, unusually frightening thoughts or feelings
Heightened self awareness, or self-consciousness
Need to find nearest washrooms before you can feel comfortable
Need to seat near exits

Head (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the head):

Brain fog
Burning, itchy, tight scalp
Dizziness or light-headedness
Frequent headaches, migraine headaches
Feeling like there is a tight band around your head, pressure, tightness
Head, neck or shoulder pain, tightness/stiffness
Head zaps, head tremors
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Shooting pains, stabbing pains, and odd pressures in the neck, head, or face
Shooting pains in the face
Shooting pains in the scalp or head
When you close your eyes you feel like are beginning to, or will, float upwards
Sore jaw that feels like a tooth ache
TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) - clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth

Hearing/Ear(s) (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with hearing):
Feel like there is something stuck in your ear, that your ear canal it plugged or blocked, that there is a pebble in your ear that you can't get out
Low rumbling sounds
Reduced hearing, frequent or intermittent reduced hearing or deafness in one or both ears
Ringing in the ears, noises in the ears, noises in the head
Pulsing in the ears, throbbing sound in the ear(s)
Tickle or itch in your ear that you can't seem to get at

Mind (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mind and thinking):

Afraid of everything
Altered state of reality, consciousness, or universe feeling
Brain Fog
Deja Vu, a feeling like you've done or experienced something before
Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss
Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations
Fear of going crazy
Fear of losing control
Fear of impending doom
Feelings of unreality
Frequent feeling of being overwhelmed, or that there is just too much to handle or do
Having difficulty concentrating
Nightmares, bad dreams
Obsession about sensations or getting better
Repetitive thinking or incessant ‘mind chatter’
Short-term learning impairment, have a hard time learning new information
Short-term memory impairment, can't remember what I did a few days, hours, or moments ago
Spaced out feelings, feeling spaced out
"Stuck" thoughts; thoughts, mental images, concepts, songs, or melodies that "stick" in your mind and replay over and over again.
Trapped in your mind feeling
Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders

Mood / Emotions (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with mood, emotions, and feelings):

Always feeling angry and lack of patience
Dramatic mood swings (emotional flipping)
Emotionally blunted, flat, or numb
Emotional "flipping" (dramatic mood swings)
Emotions feel wrong
Everything is scary, frightening
Feeling down in the dumps
Feeling like things are unreal or dreamlike
Frequently being on edge or 'grouchy'
Feel like crying for no apparent reason
Have no feelings about things you used to
Not feeling like yourself, detached from loved ones, emotionally numb
Underlying anxiety, apprehension, or fear
You feel like you are under pressure all the time

Mouth/Stomach (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the mouth and stomach):

A ‘tinny’, ‘metallic’ or ‘ammonia’, or unusual smell or taste
Aerophagia (swallowing too much air, stomach distention, belching)
Burning mouth, feeling like the inside of your mouth is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these together or at different times
Burning tongue, feeling like your tongue is burning, or tingling, or like pins and needles, or all of these, or all of these together or at different times
Constant craving for sugar or sweets
Difficulty swallowing
Difficulty talking, pronouncing certain letters or sounds, mouth feels like it isn't moving right, slurred speech
Dry mouth
Feeling like you can’t swallow properly or that something will get caught in your throat
Feeling like your tongue is swollen
Lack of appetite or taste
Lump in the throat, tight throat, something stuck in your throat
Mouth muscles twitching/jumping
Mouth or throat clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Nausea vomiting
Nausea or abdominal stress
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Stomach upset, gas, belching, bloating
Teeth grinding
The thought of eating makes you nauseous
Tight throat, lump in throat
Throat or mouth clicking or grating sound/noise when you move your mouth or jaw, such as when talking
Tongue symptoms - Tingly, “stretched,” numb, frozen, itchy, “crawly,” burning, twitching, “jumpy,” aching, sore, or swollen tongue (when it isn’t).
Urgency to urinate, frequent urination, sudden urge to go to the washroom

Skin (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with the skin):

Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Skin problems, infections, rashes

Sleep (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sleep):

Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Frequent bad, bizarre, or crazy dreams
Hearing sounds in your head that jolt you awake
Insomnia, or waking up ill in the middle of the night
Jolting awake
Waking up in a panic attack
You feel worse in the mornings
Sight (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with sight):
Distorted, foggy, or blurred vision
Dry, watery or itchy eyes
Eye tricks, seeing things our of the corner of your eye that isn’t there, stars, flashes
Eyes sensitive to light
Spots in the vision
Flashing lights when eyes are closed
Your depth perception feels wrong

Touch (anxiety symptoms commonly associated with touch):
Burning skin sensations, skin sensitivity
Feeling cold or chilled
Numbness tingling, numbness and tingling
Tingling, pins and needles feelings

Other anxiety symptoms are described as:

Being like a hypochondriac, muscle twinges, worry all the time, tingles, gagging, tightness in the chest, tongue twitches, shaky, breath lump, heart beat problems, head tingles, itchy tingling in arms and legs, and so many more.

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by Teak, Nov 18, 2011
That describes 99.9% of the posters.

by mandie772, Nov 18, 2011
great  answer  getitright77  and  lizzie  i  agree  with  ur  story  but  people  obviously  come on  here  for  help  and  reasurance  and  people  are diferent  how  they  respond  to  having hiv  am  i  correct  or  wrong  i have spoke  to  a few people  who  as  hiv  and  some  have  had  symptoms  some av  been  really  ill  and  some  have  had  nothing  and  didnt even  no  they  had  hiv  till  they  got  tested

by LIZZIE LOU, Nov 18, 2011

your point?

of course ppl respond differently.   we have those who come to be assessed and accept the facts that we lay before them.  these ppl thank us and move along.  then we have the anxiety sufferers, who continue to post and post and post, regarding their NO RISK situation and wont accept what we tell them OR even the drs on the expert forum.

what category do you fall into?

by RainLover71, Nov 18, 2011
To Liz,Your journal has great detail and makes valid points I'll give you that.Congrats!!!

by realyworried1, Nov 18, 2011
thanks for the useful list. I have had quiet a few of them.
Getitright, lizzie and zamzam have been helpful in allaying my fears.

by babyboy304, Nov 18, 2011
wow this is great info, Now i could surely move along. I know how offensive post after post can be for that I truely apologize to the community. Thanks You guys you're all Angles. <3

by babyboy304, Nov 18, 2011
Angels mybad sorry bout that  :)

by freylim, Nov 18, 2011
100% described poster. additonal is Fever And Diarhea is Creating By Stress n Anxiety Related.
Stress Destroy Or Lower Immune System.That's All.

by realyworried1, Nov 18, 2011
Please add the following to the list

Mouth ulcers(blotches) - I have read that mouth ulcers(canker sores) can be caused by stress , using hard bristles and vitamin B defeciency.

by LIZZIE LOU, Nov 19, 2011
the point of this journal is to show that YES...anxiety CAN AND DOES produce very real PHYSICAL symptoms

i'm surprised that it received "any" comments at all because the ppl that ARE suffering from anxiety, and it's attributing symptoms, are, more times than none, the same ppl who think they are not even suffering from anxiety...and so the cycle continues..................................

by zamzam4, Nov 19, 2011
Lizzie, this is an excellent point to make and one that needs to be taken seriously.  If the anxiety is not addressed then it spirals out of control, often leads into OCD and creates more and more misery for the person and those around them.

If people on here receive a no risk assessment (often repeatedly) and cannot move on and still find themselves dwelling on the no risk problem and convincing themselves that they have HIV because of 'symptoms' then see a GP who can refer you on to a psychiatrist if necessary.

by kanu2244, Nov 19, 2011

i have got all the ars symptoms and MORE ..

but i tested negative after 8 weeks hope to get negative again after 12 weeks  

by LIZZIE LOU, Nov 21, 2011
just wanted to bump this back up for those who are suffering from "hiv anxiety"

by nursegirl6572, Nov 21, 2011
Lizzie, great journal!  This list always amazes those suffering from anxiety.  I just don't think people realize just how significantly anxiety can affect them!

by giveface, Dec 05, 2011
I absolutely wholeheartedly agree that anxiety can and definitely does produce actual physical symptoms.  I have experienced this first hand.  You read a symptom and you develop it shortly there after.  I accept what you are saying!

by mandi2013, Dec 19, 2011
Are all these you listed anxiety related

by nursegirl6572, Dec 20, 2011

The following statements were posted before the list:

"Below is a excellent list of what anxiety can to someone, both physically and psychologically.  

Common anxiety symptoms include: "

by mandi2013, Dec 20, 2011
Much of them seem like ARS I guess thats where I got confused and freaked out

by nursegirl6572, Dec 20, 2011
That's the whole point of this point out how similar the symptoms are.  

by redrobin1, Jan 11, 2012
this gave me the strength to continue praying and get my self tested

by bomber18, Feb 01, 2012
I do not believe in this at all. It just cannit be. Again theae symptoms could appear in the anxious person but not his partner who is not even aware about the mistake the guilty ihas done.

by tommy5121, Mar 27, 2012
can anxiety cause penile discharge?...cuz i had that and tested hiv negative at 5 months

by Spooked26, Apr 04, 2012
Thanks Lizzy for posting this.   I'm normally a very level headed cool under pressure professional pilot.  I had an unfortunate encounter back in January and have been through the gammet of anxietal emotions thinking I had Chlamydia (negative) Gonorrhea (negative)  and after an abscess draining and a Bactrim reaction (probable) I've been losing my mind thinking I had HIV. Still dont know for sure as my test yesterday won't be available till tomorrow. I posted my questions/symptoms and all today. Vance tells me I have nada to sweat but I still am, though not nearly as worried as I was yesterday.

by paranoiafreak, Apr 27, 2012
Can anxiety Cause persistent chronic dry mouth with white coated tongue and white patches and geographic tongue at the sides and persistent burning and tingling in hands and feet. All this happens after 3 months low grade fever, chills and fatigue and 2 episopdes of hives?

Can all those be caused by anxiety?

by paranoiafreak, Apr 27, 2012
This has happen after a high risk exposure and is still felt up to know 7 months post exposure? can this be anxiety?

by scrappydo, May 11, 2012
Hi paranoiafreak, um I have that too not a persistant dry mouth but the tingling in hands and feet and white coated tounge, amongst other symptoms mentioned on the above list: short term memory loss neck pain and tightening facial swelling (infection??)I had unprotected sex obviously, with a high risk person about six months ago and I only plucked up the courage to get tested for hiv a couple days back, I should be receiving my results today :S I'm absolutley cackin my pants. I'll let the forum know how it goes xxx

by finaldays999, May 17, 2012
I can't believe people have tried to discredit this list. I have anxiety, I'm reading this out of interest/obsession whatever. Lizzy has spent a long time writing this, have some respect ffs!!

by bumface1973, May 20, 2012
To paranoiafreak primarily..........YES..! Dry mouth is common with anxiety, hives also. Fever also. Fatigue, OF will burn a lot of energy if constantly anxious & probobly not sleeping well. YES, it can be and probably is Anxiety if you've tested 7 months post exposure it isn't H.I.V is it...! ( notice no question mark..). I have a feeling that creating a user name paranoiafreak maybe a slight acceptance that your worry is not at a rational level.

by JustOneGuy, Jul 21, 2012
Very interesting post. Myself, I suffer from mild anxiety. In general, and specially now, that I had an exposure situation, which is safe accordingly to the information the experts posted in this website. I developed this anxiety issue recently. I am now 46 and noticed the problem about 5 years ago. I tend to believe that there is a connection between my anxiety and the physical decadence of my mother. Well, at least I am quite aware of my problem, although it doesn't help a lot when the symptoms start to arrive.Ironically, I am the kind of person who never goes (or ever used to...) to the doctor and never been in a hospital before in my life.

A practical picture of my situation: it has been now 3 weeks and 3 days since my exposure. From day one I started to have symptoms (and yes, I know that's just impossible to be real): fatigue, sore penis, mild fever. Today I had an infection of a tooth and I am EXTREMELY tired. Technically, an infection on a tooth can happen, period. It's relatively normal and just means that a tooth needs medical attention. And it brings real and genuine symptoms, like pain in the knees and fatigue, eventually fever. Now, even if I am aware of all this, it's impossible to avoid an increase of anxiety. Mind works like... "oh, it's a coincidence, surely a coincidence... but.... what if it's not a coincidence...".

And then, things get worst when they go to deeper levels of our mind. I mean, once I get rationally convinced that I am OK symptoms should vanish, right? But they don't. The fear it's there, in layers I can't reach. The day I came to this website for the first time, it was of euphoria. Accordingly to the posts of experts and doctors I was never at risk. I believed it. But somehow, the fear was not removed from the deeper levels of my brain. I am just guessing here, that even with the good news I kept a bunch of "if's" hidden inside. Example of these "if's": I read different opinions, which I don't credit much, but I am aware they exist... what if these other opinions are right and this good people here is wrong? What if I prove to be a medical surprise, the case which comes to proof it's also possible to be contaminated this way? And etc, etc.

Then, because the awareness state of the brain, there are light symptoms, which are normal, always been there, but in a common situation they are not perceived as a threat by the brain. But when the anxiety starts, they became evident, and they start triggering heavier symptoms. All very interesting, sadly.

Well, the point of my post is not to get comments to my specific situation. Just wanted to present an inside perspective of a lucid (at least I like to think of myself that way) person who has mild anxiety issues. And I apologize for my English, I am not a native speaker.

by woridgirl, Oct 28, 2012
I have had diarrhea for 4 days dat went away after medication,after a week,I developed fever even after takin malaria drugs,high temperature,headache,weakness,facial,neck n chest rash wich lasted for a few days but all oda symptoms lasted for about 2months,now I have muscle twitching,shaking,weakness in my legs,very mild diarrhea occassionally,mild anal itchin sometyms, and a bitter taste in my mouth which have refused 2 go....I have been readin on HIV symptoms n sumtyms it feels lyk I get a symptom after a day or 2 of reading on so scared of takin an Hiv test...

by Sleeplessinseattle2012, Nov 16, 2012
Awesome post
Defiantly helps me understand how I was feeling from day one of my no risk situation.
Great post Lizzielou

by Constantworry2012, Nov 25, 2012
I was feeling like this also. I have felt this way for 7 weeks. No one to talk to.

by lostmind17, Nov 25, 2012
Lizzie, thx for the post.

I have suffered for 6 1/2 weeks many of the above symptoms.  The only on at this point that concerns me is my white coated tongue which my doctor and dentist both dismiss as no big deal.  However, I am 32 yrs old, never had an issue and after taking Z Pak, Flagyl and Doxycycline for 7 days I have developed the mystery "white coated" tongue and it will not go away.  I've had it for 5 weeks.  Had two negative HIV tests, one 7-days and 28-days post encounter.  All other STD's negative at 7-days post.

I appreciate what you and the rest of the folks on this forum are doing.  Reading other people's posts helps me deal with my stress and anxiety.  Just need something to get me past the 12 week mark for final conclusive negative test!


by worriedhussain, Mar 20, 2013
I dont know if i am sane any more but i read this post to feel good

by iphone70, Mar 31, 2013
Great job Lizzie .Congratulations !!!

by ItchyBurn69, Jul 27, 2013
HI folks, also have same symptoms, parts tells me its stress and anxiety but there's always that man in back of you mind... Been 3 Weeks since possible infection... not many symptoms, just serious body heat without any temperature and the itchy scratchy feeling....? Had tests, but they can only be conclusive after at least 3 Months so we still sit and worry..... Having difficulty not being able to be loving with my wife, she doesn't know anything yet.......!!!!!!!

by scared2death821, Sep 09, 2013
For the record: I am a little concerned,  scared out of my mind actually.  Is it unreasonable  that I will not have sex until I am "know" for sure what my status is (Nov 15th 2013).   I had oral sex a little over 3 weeks ago (performed prolonged cunilingus) the night of Aug 15th 2013. She was very wet.  Went to the doc (13 days after exposure),  who brushed off the experience as a no risk scenario.  I have very sensitive skin and have recurring cysts under my left arm. It burst on day 8 after my exposure and I thought I had a slight fever. There was a visible lump up under my left arm from Saturday August 24-27 2013.  The doctor said my conscience was getting to me. I had the std panel; including HIV test done anyway,  it came back all negative and he put me on antibiotics,  should I get retested in 10-11weeks?

My last sexual escapade was May 3rd 2013 so the only possible exposure (I will take a polygraph test) is what occurred on the night of August 15th. This forum and others say that there is a no/zero risk of contracting HIV from oral sex,  other sites say otherwise. Not that I want to be a pest,  but I am very scared! What is the TRUTH?  I noticed that you, Dr. H and other professionals profusely state that HIV can not be transmitted via oral sex only...which is what occurred with me on the night of August 15th.  

by Teak, Sep 09, 2013
by Emily_MHModerator,
And to clarify, it is this site's stance, based on studies and our own MedHelp experts (all of whom are world-renowned for their work in this field), that oral sex carries no risk for HIV.  

by viking77, Oct 01, 2013
Does this include swollen lymphs too? I kinda hope.  Passing 8 weeks now with swollen lymph nodes..mouth ulcers and skin issues.

by scared2death821, Oct 06, 2013
Thank you for answering....I do not want to be a pest; but seeing a lump the size of a marble; (9-10 days after the event) grow under one armpit is a little unnerving.

by worried_2323, Oct 25, 2013
    Thank you for your post , it relayed exactly what is still happening to me. I was tested neg Jan 2012,  Only had 1 encounter since then , Advised it was NO risk oral on a female and received oral (**) from same female.  No sex except HJ at all since then. Even a free test and support facility didnt recommend testing.  Its the if's you describe perfectly.  My own personal hell is I am told move on and everything they say makes sense , but I am just petrified to test anyway.  I do want to thank Teak , Lizzy and all that help here. I do read here whenever the if's get bad and it is a sort of therapy for me.  Thank you.

by pleaseHELPME01, Nov 11, 2013
I've had sex once in my life...10 days after I got body aches and trouble breathing when I woke lasted a week and a day then disappeared for a week now the Monday that just passed I'm having the same problem but with a mucus cough along with it this time.could it be HIV? The mucus cough has gradually went away but I'm still having muscle soreness.

by SufferingInSilence, Dec 25, 2013
Honestly, I think that it is ridiculous to dismiss a person's depression over possibly being infected as "HIV anxiety". I understand that it can be a nuisance to deal with those types, but posting a condescending rant about why they should not inquire or simply dismiss their genuine concerns as no big deal is, in my opinion, equally annoying. Those same people need help and are just as afraid as those who are living with the virus. If you don't want to respond to them, just move on. Stop making people feel like **** because they are not as knowledgeable about the disease as you are.

by theworriedone1, Dec 25, 2013
I agreed with you sufferinsilence because many people catch hiv get symptom my docotor said

by susceptiblee, Feb 19, 2014
My symptoms persist beyond 3month could it be what am thinking?

by js_pinkyboo, Feb 25, 2014
Awesome...thanks anxiety level is 94 and this has helped me a lot cos most of the things you explained here ate things I always worry about and that worsens my I can at list cut down on worries. fnx dear.

by davemartins, Mar 15, 2014
please help....I had unprotected sex with a lady who I later found out was hiv positive
.its been 3 weeks now...can I go ahead and take an hiv test or must I wait until it's 28 days?

by anonymous7567, Mar 16, 2014
swollowing issue can be due to anxiety ..I feel something chocking my throat its not always four weeks now will test soon mat be in day or two

by Teak, Mar 16, 2014
anonymous, you were already advise as when to test to obtain a conclusive test result.

by Agaiby, Mar 16, 2014
I believe oral sex is a risk maybe not from the saliva but if blood is in that saliva it raises the risk very high due to the fact that blood is the most infectious fluid when it comes to the H.i.v epedemic

by bentice, Apr 22, 2014
I had exposure since six months and after the exposures in for weeks after i had a flu like symptom's  and stomach gouging and gas a lot and dirrihea and groin pain but not swollen and burning pain in my arms all the times and pins and needles sensation please and loss of appetite since then i have never been myself anymore and i used to be a very actxive person but this days i feel sick all the time and i this this must be hiv infection and am afraid to test please help me can this be hiv.  

by bentice, Apr 22, 2014
In four weeks i mean

by nursegirl6572, Apr 22, 2014
bentice, this isn't the place to ask questions...go to the HIV forum:

by namename1, Apr 22, 2014
Diarrhea is also a symptom of anxiety, right?

by Mrsilver7, Jan 17, 2015
Scary but i had anxiety disoder for 7 months last 2013. I have allergy at first (december 2015)until i searched the rashes on my skin and read bout hiv rashes,from there i always doubt that i have hiv. Til im experiencing all symptoms.

by Mrsilver7, Jan 17, 2015
Scary but i had anxiety disoder for 7 months last 2013. I have allergy at first (december 2015)until i searched the rashes on my skin and read bout hiv rashes,from there i always doubt that i have hiv. Til im experiencing all symptoms.

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