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I need to speak someone about STD test anxiety. By the way-

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I need to speak someone about STD test anxiety.

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Customer reply replied 30 days ago
Hi Dr Stan- Thank you for taking my concern. I have major anxiety having to take a second 4th gen test. I took an initial one too soon after my 1st encounter, (12 days after brief unprotected oral and protected vaginal) and 5 days after protected oral and vaginal). Both encounters Hetero and were w Vietnamese CSW in Singapore. I’ve displayed no symptoms but rather severely anxious that I am infected and could pass it to my partner.

I'm glad you used a condom.

it sounds like you are letting your anxiety symptoms get out of control with worry here

the chance of you having HIV is one in a million chances.

if your anxiety symptoms are bad, you may need treatments to help decrease your anxiety symptoms

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Customer reply replied 30 days ago
I know. It’s been crippling and debilitating. All the data and science bares very little risk, if any. Do I need to test for my peace mind? I can’t bare the thought of doing it again and may need counseling. Thank you for your support, advice and understanding. Your service gives hope to people.

you will still continue to worry, even if your test is negative

because of your bad anxiety symptoms. you do need to see a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist for treatment and counseling.

you need better treatment for your anxiety symptoms

there are medications like sertraline, fluoxetine, paroxetine which can help decrease anxiety symptoms.

medications like diazepam, clonazepam can help decrease anxiety

hydroxyzine, and propranolol can help as well

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Customer reply replied 30 days ago
Thank you Dr. I believe you are right. This anxiety is not normal. Thank you again for your advice.

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Customer reply replied 3 days ago
Hi Dr. You were right, even though I have received my negative results from a 4th generation HIV test (post 29 days), I am still suffering from anxiety of infecting my partner. Do I need anxiety medicine? My exposure was protected w CSW’s.

you should talk to your primary care doctor about your anxiety and worry symptoms

you may need treatment

there are medications like sertraline, fluoxetine, paroxetine which can help decrease anxiety symptoms.

medications like diazepam, clonazepam can help decrease anxiety

hydroxyzine, and propranolol can help as well

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