I am usually one of those people who just doesn't get sick much. All my life I have been prone to stomachaches, nosebleeds, and (during times of drug usage) heavy withdrawal symptoms, but I can always tell these afflictions from the ones caused by genuine virus/bacteria such as colds, flu, etc. I also often feel a bit under the weather all winter, as if I have a low-grade cold, but it does not usually manifest itself in definite sickness. I usually get one or two genuine colds a winter and that is it.
However, this year I have been fully sick at least six times, and it is only April. The weather is not particularly bad, and the people around me seem to be at their usual rate of infection, which means that it is not just a bad year for colds. I feel that this unusual amount of sickness must be indicative of something failing within my body or a damaged immune system.
I got tested not too long ago (I believe it was in the fall) for HIV and it came out negative. I have done research on "false negatives" and it seems as if these usually only happen if one has been very recently exposed to the virus, and has not yet had the chance to form antibodies. I have trouble believing that this is the case because it means that AIDS would have kicked in only months after infection and as far as I understand it does not work that way.
However, I know that I have been at an extremely high risk for HIV. I was being sold recklessly, for sexual purposes, to low-class strangers at the height of the AIDS epidemic. I have sold myself (usually with protection, though) and used intrevenous drugs. I have on occasion shared needles. (Even once with someone who later was diagnosed as HIV+
Although, he may have been infected after the needle-sharing, as the others who shared with him never turned out to be HIV+.) I have also been raped by several different people in prison where HIV is rampant. I find it amazing that I don't have HIV and this makes me doubt the test results.
I am wondering if anyone here has any info on what else might cause false negatives, or what other sorts of diseases suppress the immune system? Or am I perhaps just being paranoid??
I have also been getting rashes on my hands and arms that I do not recognize, but I have had very dry skin this winter so this may be the cause. Still, my parnoia is seething and I must wonder if these are signs of something going amiss inside my body!