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I would first like to say, I am not writing this to brag about my status. I am simply hoping to help others who may be living in fear of getting tested by sharing my experience. I am a female in my late 20s. I have had about 8 sexual partners, 3 without protection. -I know, not smart. Getting tested for HIV had never even crossed my mind until I was informed you could have it without knowing you had it. Over the past few years I have noticed that I have had things like fatigue, strange bruises on my legs, back pains, sore throat (here and there) and several other things -all that could be caused by things that are not HIV. The body/mind connection is a powerful thing and the more I began to google HIV symptoms, the more my mind began to play tricks on me. I began to notice "new" symptoms emerging. For a good month or so I had convinced myself that I was HIV positive and my mind went to some pretty dark places. I couldn't concentrate or be productive at work. Finally, convinced that I had it, I decided I at least needed to know my options. So I made an appointment to have my blood taken and get checked for all other STDs. When I called to get my results, the nurse informed me that everything had come back negative. Again I am not posting this to brag. If you think you may possibly have it, make an appointment and STAY OFF of the internet. And if your results do come back positive, it is not the end of the world. There are so many specialists/support groups and getting a positive result now a days is not the death sentence it was back in the 80's. I hope this will help someone that may be in a similar situation I was in.
God Bless
yes, it's easy to get trapped in the spiral of reading symptoms one may be having that might possibly be related to hiv. i admit i have had my share of symptoms, fever, joint and muscle pains, a cold/bronchities that took 4 weeks to recover, and this last month has been hell for me because i became anemic, and fatigued with dizziness. could it be related to hiv since i had unprotected oral sex with a female csw. i don't know.

that's why I will go get tested even though i know the risk is very very very low with oral sex. even now, as i await to get tested next week, i am just filled with anxiety as I wait for the results.
Hang in there, you will be ok :)

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