Anonymous
I have already tested negative (not conclusive yet) and I am terrified to go back for my next one.

Currently I look like I am losing weight and my stomach feels weird. My brain hurts, it sounds like there are clicking sounds and feels like my brain is swollen at times, if that even makes sense. I feel like I am going crazy! My family keeps telling me that it's just stress and I really hope that's all it is.

Can stress really make you feel sick and start taking a toll on your body? I know the mind is a powerful thing so I'm trying to remain positive and see if that helps.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

I would first like to congratulate you on your negative test results. I would also like to note that although not conclusive, these negative results can be trusted and are unlikely to change in the absence of new exposures. All tests that are conducted at or after the 3 month (12 week) mark are considered conclusive. Here at AIDS Vancouver, we recommend that you conduct a confirmatory and conclusive at or after the 3 month post-exposure mark for your peace of mind.

As for the symptoms that you are experiencing, I would like to clarify that there are no recognized clinical symptoms for the diagnosis of HIV infection. This is because the symptoms vary among different individuals and while some infected individual may display symptoms, others may not display any symptoms at all. As I mentioned earlier, your negative test results are a great indicator of your status and the symptoms that you are experiencing may very well be related to something else. We therefore recommend that you continue your communication with your doctor to figure out the real reasons behind any symptoms you may be experiencing. Stress may very well be a contributor.

I trust that I have answered your questions. Feel free to contact us again if you have further inquiries. You can also visit our website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org for further information.

In health,

Malath
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