Anonymous
Hi there,
first, i'd like to thank you for helping people including me at week 6, i had HIV Rapid test and other STIs and at week 12 i had another HIV Rapid Test. All my results came back negative.
My problem now is i have sex phobia. the time that i waited (the 12 weeks) makes me scared of sex. plus, it affects my daily life ( scared of HCV). i wear gloves almost all the time, especially in public places. HCV can live outside the host up to 4 days.
now, i do not what should i do??? should i talk to psychologist?
i never felt like this before deciding to know my status and reading about diseases.
please i need your advice.
thank you,
 
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Anonymous
Hi there,
Thank-you for using AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online. I know it is a hard thing to go through the testing process and it can bring about a lot of fear and anxiety. However, the 2 negative HIV tests that you've had is a definite and conclusive indication of your negative status. These results should calm any anxiety you are feeling and shouldn't scare you from having sex. This experience should be a learning tool to help you practice safer sex in the future by using a condom and getting tested regularly. Condoms are still the most effective way to prevent transmission of STIs, including HIV -if the latex condom is used properly and doesn't break, HIV-transmission risk would essentially be nonexistent (of course with anything, nothing is ever 100%)
There isn't a need to be scared of contracting Hepatitis C (HCV) as long as you are aware of what can pass it from person to person so that you take the necessary preventative measures.
High risk activities include:
1. Injecting drugs
2. Getting pricked with a needle that has infected blood on it (mainly a risk for health-care workers)
3. "Snorting" cocaine using shared equipment (rare but possible)
4. Getting a tattoo or body piercing with nonsterile instruments that were used on someone infected with HCV
5. Sharing an HCV+ person's hygiene products such as a toothbrush or razor (anything that may have blood on it).
If getting tested for Hepatitis C will help you, then there is no harm in getting a test. The testing process is similar to HIV, where you'll first have a blood test which will look for your antibodies. If you are positive then that means you have been infected with HCV. However, some people recover from HCV without treatment, so you need a HCV viral load test to know if you have chronic infection. Hep C viral load testing is recommended if you have been at risk for HCV or have any signs or symptoms of hepatitis.
If after this you are still worried and are having a hard time moving on then I would recommend talking to someone whom you feel you can open up to. Here are some help lines you can call:
1. BC Bereavement Helpline - 604 738 9950 or 1 877 779 2223
2. 24 Hour Vancouver Crisis Centre - 604 872 1811
3. Heart of Richmond AIDS Society (24 hours)- 604 872 3311
If you are looking for counseling then here are some people you can contact:
1. Delyse Ledgard - 604 329 6006 (wwww.psychotherapy-vancouver.com)
2. Dianne Chappell - 604 253 4323
3. Elsie DaVita - 604 874 8528
Also, I know there is a lot of information on the web and it is a good thing to get informed but because there is so much information it can often be incorrect, therefore it is never a good idea to diagnose yourself because this is what causes people to become worried. Instead, if you're living in British Columbia, a good place to call and talk to a nurse is the BC Centre for Disease Control (604 675 7400).
 
Hopefully I have been able to help you and relieve your anxiety. If you have any more questions feel free to email or comment on this post.
 
Have a good day,
Kamani
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
604.696.4666, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm PST
helpline@aidsvancouver.org
 
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