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Share your emotions. Seek someone who is going through the same thing you are. Consider joining a support group.

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Let the people closest to you know when you are experiencing stress and fear. Talking helps. Your emotions may be all over the place due to the stress of dealing with the issues at hand as well as the unknown. 

Do what you can to relieve the stress. For example:

  • Define your fears. If you define your fears specifically, you can come up with solutions to each of them. You won't feel so powerless and overwhelmed by them.
  • When in a period of high stress, it is okay to eat foods that you consider to be comfort food, even if they are not the healthiest.
  • Start doing things to make you feel in control or that help you feel centered. For instance, think of a small project you can start and finish quickly.

Waiting for test results can be agonizing. There are time tested ideas that can help you get through this period. For instance:

  • Keep busy.
  • Take advantage of your support systems.
  • If you need help sleeping, get it.
  • Use relaxation techniques.
  • Exercise.

Seek out someone who is going through the same thing you are. No one understands what you are going through as much as a person in a similar situation. If you don’t know anyone, you may find a connection through your HIV specialist, friends, a local AIDS Service Organization, or the internet.

Consider joining a support group for the practical information as well as support.

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