Originally Posted by zekat
I had the same concerns! I was completely freaked out about the HIV portion - it was optional, but I elected to have it done. Still sucked though
I waited a week and then went to my doctors office and asked for a copy of my labs! I couldn't wait for my next appointment
Chances are everything will be peachy, so try not to worry. Truthfully, though, the more knowledge we have about our body, the better.
I just found out I'm pregnant, and I'm pretty scared about all these blood tests too.
My biggest fear right now is going to my first prenatal visit, getting my bloodwork done, and them telling me something is seriously wrong.
I guess this comes from not having regular doctor checkups over the years (I was uninsured for 15 years, up til recently).
It just seems like when you neglect your health for that long, surely something
is wrong, and you just don't know it yet.
Then again, I'm not that old, I'm not overweight, and I feel pretty healthy (with the exception of headaches and fatigue sometimes, but that could be because I consume a lot of caffeine).
So probably everything will be okay.
I am scared of the HIV test. In my state, they're supposed to basically force it on you; it's not "optional", it's part of your routine bloodwork, unless you actively opt out of it. And if you opt out, they test your baby at birth, so one way or the other, you're not going to escape finding out if you have hiv (why would anyone want
to not know if they had it? If you're asking that question, you've obviously never met someone with severe health anxiety).
I used to worry about HIV a lot; I had some risky encounters when i was younger.
But I've been tested twice- once, about a year after the last of these encounters, and again, about seven years after. Negative both times. I can't tell you what it cost me, mentally and emotionally, to go in and get those tests and then wait for the results. I'm sure each wait took ten years off my life. My anxiety got so bad at one point that I was seriously considering suicide, because I was too afraid to hear my results, which i was sure would be bad.
But, anyway, i was negative.
And I never, never, never-never-never want to go through having to get tested again. I promised myself I'd never.
But now that I'm pregnant it looks like I will have to go through it again, and although I'm pretty sure I'm negative... you just never know, do you?
For all I know, my husband's cheated on me during the intervening years, exposing me to risk yet again. I really have no idea.
I don't want to go through these blood tests, I don't!
It's making me want to forgo prenatal care entirely, which i know would be dangerous, at my age (any pregnancy over age 35 is considered inherently "high risk").
I already feel sorry for my future OB/GYN. She is going to think I'm crazy.
And she'll be right, lol.