I don't even really know where to begin. I feel so out of control and its driving me mad. I also feel like a complete fraud being on here as I haven't been diagnosed as job positive yet (I am still awaiting my results) I just need to get this off my chest and I can't tell anyone.So I have hpv (genital warts) I got these about 4 months ago. I looked it up on the internet and kind off self diagnosed myself, so stupidly I left it. I just didn't want to accept that I had a std. Well a few weeks ago I just got a sire and it has never gone away. It feels like there's something stuck on the left side of my throat that I just can't budge. I finally plucked up the courage to go to the clinic today. After they saw the warts they asked me about my general health and I mentioned my throat. They suggested getting a hiv test as apparently sore throats are main symptom of hiv! Having warts show a weakness in my immune system. So I had the blood test and was told I would be contacted in a few days. I was also warned to prepare myself for the results and sent home scared and confused. I was given no real information yet I have so many questions. Apart from the bad throart I have no other symptoms and feel fine!! I know nothing about hiv. I have been so stupid to put myself in this situation. I'm so scared of the results if I am positive how will I tell my friends and family. How can I ever do any of the things I want like fall in love, get married, be a mum?!?! I don't think I have ever felt so sick with worry…..

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  1. Romeo 10 years ago

     I'm very surprised they didn't initially use the Oraquick rapid antibody instant HIV test first and then perhaps follow through with a blood test? I can assure you that it is quite possible to live a relatively normal and hopefully long life. I'm not sure how close you are to your family but it would be good for you to confide in someone you trust and bring them with you to find out the results. Honestly, you don't know what the results are yet and they could possibly go either way. Find good information online from Poz.com or AIDSmeds.com. – they both have great information for recently diagnosed. Also, don't be afraid to ask anything here. I believe if you added up all of our years since diagnoses we probably have an Eon or two of worthwhile information to share. Living with HIV/AIDS is all about finding balance in your life, forgiving yourself and moving forward taking care of yourself and your health. Good Luck – B 

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  2. livelyintellectual 10 years ago

    Apparently only 20% of those infected with HIV have symptoms (though I suspect this may be higher people just don't realize). HOWEVER, a sore throat can be a symptom of wathever bacterial or viral infection. Genital warts can  also occur in perfectly healthy people. And they can be caught even when you use a condom, because the condom only protects what it covers and herpes and hpv are transmitted with skin contact, not HIV which is in body fluids, but mainly blood and semen. Do you have any reason to believe you could have been exposed to HIV? HIV is not so so common, nor is it so easy to catch, it needs an open door (cut) and a sufficient dose. Then again, there are exceptions, but you should not panick just yet. Wishing you all the best.

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  3. yvonne44 10 years ago

    No matter what the results, You will be fine.  I had the same feelings going thru my head waiting on my results.  I just knew it was a mistake.  I had a sore throat and swollen glands behide my ears.  They felt like horns.  HIV  is a chronic disease and does not mean death anymore.  Just wait till results and you can go from there.  Reach for your faith in this time of need,  prayer really does help.  I have been hiv positive for 2 yrs and I am fine. Yvonne

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