Expert Q & A Answers About HIV and AIDS
If you get HIV/AIDS, what is the most common thing you feel?
I am a 22-year-old college student and have been with 14 partners. Three of them did not wear condoms. I had an STD a while ago, but nothing since then. I also get yearly exams and haven’t had sex in over a year. But I’m worried that I might have AIDS. I feel almost crazy thinking about it…and I’m too scared to get tested. What should I do?
I had unprotected sex a few times and have these symptoms: itchy genitals, constant itching all over my body, uncontrollable shaking and twitching, trouble sleeping and lumpy, stringy sperm. I also wake up sweating, feel sick often and don’t get hungry. My body is extra-sensitive to touch. I have been tested for STDs, including HIV/AIDS, and the tests have come back negative. I’ve also been diagnosed with depression, but the medications they gave me aren’t making these symptoms go away. Could I have HIV/AIDS?
My friend and I were eating Japanese food and she took the chopsticks out of her mouth and stuck them in my hot noodle soup. I know for a fact that she has had multiple partners and hasn’t been tested for AIDS. I also have a small blister in my mouth that I’m worried makes me more susceptible to STDs. Should I be concerned?
I hear a lot about them, but I’m confused about the difference between HIV and AIDS. Can you help?