How can I get rid of the fear that I am HIV positive?
Q: I am 18 years old. I think I suffer from OCD. I just can't get the fact out of my head, that I am HIV positive. I am a virgin. I have kissed though, but the kissing was not deep, it was just on the lips. I have never had sex or had a blood transfusion. About 6 years ago, I suffered from severe bouts of malaria. I got malaria twice in that year and had a typhoid like illness. During summers, I got fever, nausea and loss of appetite, which resulted in weight loss. My parents took me to a doctor and tried several medicines. They tested me for many diseases, but nothing came up. After 15 days, my doctor prescribed me an antibiotic called Artispar to be taken once daily. After 4 days, the fever went away and I started regaining my appetite. I am freaking out that these symptoms could be due to acute respiratory syndrome (ARS) during primary HIV infection. Please advise. I have swollen lymph nodes on my neck and I have a blocked nose.
A:It is apparent that you yourself realise that what you fear is not correct. One useful way could be to indulge in regular physical exercise and to keep yourself mentally busy with your work. If that does not help, you may need medication for which you should meet a good physician.