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Offline sultan

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Too afraid
« on: December 10, 2011, 08:12:48 PM »
I had unprotected sex 6 years ago and again 5 months ago and seeing as I have panic disorder i am always afraid of dying. I'm too scared to get tested. My white blood cell count is always a little above rather than below normal levels. My doc feels there is no need to test cause I would be sick. But I do have numbness and tingling in my hands and feet but have also started a new med. What should I do?

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Re: Too afraid
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 08:16:36 PM »
 The only way to know your status is by testing.

Offline sultan

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Re: Too afraid
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2011, 08:27:35 PM »
does everyone with hiv die

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Too afraid
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2011, 08:31:26 PM »
Eventually everyone dies, HIV or NOT, that's a given. It's the cycle of life.

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Re: Too afraid
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2011, 08:45:56 PM »
sultan,

These days, the main people who die due to hiv infection are the ones who never test until it's too late. People can go for years and years without feeling ill, and then suddenly find themselves in hospital fighting for their lives.

People who test before hiv is making them deathly ill can go on meds and live very normal lives.

People who wait to test until they're dying often die.

Don't let that happen to you. GO TEST. No excuses!

Ann
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Offline sultan

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Re: Too afraid
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2011, 09:08:50 PM »
I will this week my mom will go. I thought people who tested positive would lose their kids but I guess thats not true,so I will just get it over with.

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Re: Too afraid
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2011, 09:15:00 PM »
Sultan,

You're not going to lose your kids just because you test hiv positive. That would be illegal discrimination.

You need to read a post Jonathan wrote earlier tonight - click here.

While you won't lose your kids if you test positive, if you continue to NOT test and you actually are poz, your kids might lose their mom due to lack of treatment.

Please stick to your plan to test next week and let us know how it goes. You can find a testing center near you by putting your zip code into POZ.com's Health Services Directory.

Good luck.

Ann
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HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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