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“'What If' HIV Tests Are Wrong”? HIV Phobia Years Of Dread After Unprotected Sex

Editor's Note: When I received my diagnosis I went through an extremely paranoid period where I felt that anyone could know that I am HIV positive just by looking at them. I felt fear, shame, guilt, self-humiliation and thought yes, and much, suicide. A friend of mine, who did me the favor of notifying my ex, who could, but was not, infected, says that a second later he had regretted having spoken, because she went into a complete paranoid outbreak and it was difficult to bring her from. back to the light of reality. AIDS, this disease, has the gift of driving people crazy when they feel they may have been touched by it. I have never seen a single report of a person receiving this seriously, in one extreme case, a friend told me that her brother had AIDS and that she, before confirming the diagnosis, had the "hope it was leukemia." And is a psychologist !!! It's over my day

  What if the HIV tests are wrong? Do I spend a day without hearing or reading this?

By Damon L. Jacobs
Pergunta:
Two years ago, I had unprotected receptive anal sex with someone whose HIV status I don't know. I was tested in three weeks (with a fourth generation test), and it was negative. A little over a year after the possible exposure, I developed pneumonia. Although I responded to antibiotics at home, it seemed more serious than people my age (26) usually have. So, of course, I searched on Google and freaked out.
I found a page on the web that said that bacterial pneumonia may be the first clinical manifestation of HIV. So, I took the test again (with a fourth generation test) a year and nine months after the possible exposure, and, again, it was negative.

The problem is that I get terrified every time I get a cold because of pneumonia (because I read recurrent pneumonia is indicative of HIV), and I wonder:

Should I do another test? Or a viral load test to be sure?

I am concerned that, for some reason, I am not producing antibodies, but that I have HIV and that this is not being detected by a test. (Actually, I, Claudio, say it: Three tests - declared here -….)

What if HIV tests are wrong?

I could be one of those people who has HIV, but is never seroconverted (an immunosuppressed)? I'm going crazy and I don't know what to do. Please give me your opinion!

Answer 

I will start with the short answer here: you did not acquire HIV at this meeting. The fourth-generation test conducted over three weeks confirmed this. The fourth generation test carried out one year and nine months after this exposure confirmed what was already proven.
I don't know if you are a negative person who will never convert. What I can tell you is that it is very unlikely that you will reconvert after just one exposure to HIV. Even if your partner is living with HIV and even if he has a detectable viral load - and these are two good questions - your chances of contracting HIV from exposure through receptive anal sex are approximately 1 in 72 (1,43%).

This is not zero, but it is quite low. 

HIV seroconversions usually occur after multiple exposures. 

Your phrase, “So, of course, I searched on Google and went crazy”, speaks volumes about what’s really going on here, and is indicative of the blessing and curse of our information age.

In general, I think it is an advantage that we live in a time when information about early signs of HIV seroconversion is available to anyone with a Wi-Fi connection.

On the other hand, it can create, and effectively creates, a dynamic in which people read about HIV symptoms and then mentally manifest those symptoms.

 It's a Somatization, I mean ... I'm not crazy! He says

It is a complicated game that our mind can play when we are anxious, afraid and scanning the Internet all the time. 

Now, here's a little story: In 2011, one of my favorite singers, Stevie Nicks, was embarking on an extraordinarily small tour in major US cities. She was healthy, strong, sober, energetic and wanted to play in intimate places where she could feel connected to her audience.

It happened that her first new solo album in 10 years would be released at the same time as my birthday, and she would appear in a very small theater near where I lived.

I would turn 40, buy your new album and see it live and up close, all in the same week!

A life dream come true! 

But Stevie never made it to New York City. And why not?  

Because she, like more than 400.000 Americans, was hit by pneumonia that year, causing her to cancel all her tour dates. Pneumonia is a very common and brutal infection that kills more than 900.000 children worldwide each year. 

Pneumonia Not Synonymous with HIV

It is not synonymous with HIV, and is easily spread by casual contact with saliva or mucus. - I, Cláudio Souza, stopped counting in the eighth or ninth, I don't even know anymore. Only the release to vaccinate people with HIV against pneumonia appeared and it disappeared ”

Why, my beloved readers, do you not do this?
I know that some people can associate pneumonia with AIDS, since many people with AIDS died of pneumonia when exposed before we had an effective treatment for HIV. But that does not mean that now having pneumonia is a sign of having AIDS or being HIV positive. Stevie Nicks is certainly not, and neither are most children who suffer severely from pneumonia each year.
Although “FAIDS Obia”Is not an official clinical diagnosis, it is often used to describe people who believe they have HIV, although they have not been exposed, and who do not believe in medical tests that return negative for HIV.

Often therapy and medications can help.

Eu Sou Uma Pessoa vivendo com HIVMy opinion is that you could speak to a therapist in your area. I hope this helps you to start the process of prioritize rationality over terror and put the facts about the fears.


Translated into 09 September 2019 by Cláudio Souza from the text in HIV Fears Two Years After Unprotected Receptive Anal Sex  Written by Damon L. Jacobs, LMFT SPECIALIST on June 11, 2019


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