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After 2 years of exposure i did another CMIA HIV Antibody test which came out negative.through out the last 2 years i did more than 10 HIV antibody test and all were negative.is it conclusive?should i stop now?or shoud i continue..all the test were done from 3 different labs Dr lal path lab,Serum analysis centre and Bio-Tech all of them are ISO certified..so help me..
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Dear! Many persons, who are exposed to possibly unsafe sex, land into obsession about the risk of HIV transmission. Despite numerous tests showing negative status, and despite repeated assurances by numerous doctors, they keep on suspecting that they are still at risk. At the sight of very small common symptom they notice - be it cold, cough, fever with chills, itching or bumps on skin - their fear of possible infection surfaces and triggers anxiety. They suspect that HIV is dormant in them or is undetected so far and is just surfacing. Thus they again run for tests and consultations. Unfortunately you seem to be affected by the same condition. Of course you do not need any more HIV tests, unless you have had sexual encounters with outsiders in between. No test can detect HIV that is NOT there in you. SO it;'s just a waste of time and money and will only assure you for short while and then your anxiety surfaces again. If you want you can get tested as many times as you wish, to feel better but...
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...you will really benefit from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) from a clinical psychologist. Please approach one in the first place. You and the therapist might want to work simultaneously with a HIV physician too. That would be a good combination. Best wishes.
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