Many of our clients have found themselves in your situation. The don’t come throught the doctor’s office door with skin rashes, cough, knee pain, but with anxiety. What we will try to do is to get you back to a normal life as soon as possible and if you are overcome with stress right now we have some practical advice:
- You need to have a clear picture of the risks of each disease in the kind of sex you have had. As you have seen here, things that are scarey like HIV are not so common.
- You have to wait a while before you can do tests. If you really think you will not be able to wait because you can’t sleep etc., come and see us and our doctor could prescribe you something to help, or maybe speaking to our psychologist could help. She can teach you some deep relaxation techniques to help you overcome this stress.
- You can always try to reduce your anxiety doing your own “cognitive therapy”. This consists in trying to make an effort to interrupt negative thoughts with positive ones. For example:
-What if I’ve got HIV and my girlfriend leaves me ?
No. It was only oral sex for a few seconds and that’s not how it’s transmitted. We hardly ever see cases like that.
-I’ve got swollen glands and that’s a sign of HIV according to the internet
No, because swollen glands in HIV would be accompanied by many other symtpoms. Plus, the sex was not high risk for HIV.
-The end of my cock is red and since she was a prostitute I bet I’ve caught something
I’m not going to go crazy over this, I’ve going to go to Open House and see what they have to say as soon as possible.
And don’t read up on the internet anymore. It’s time to close your computer and find help, and if you want, we can help you. It’s our job and we know what we’re talking about.