I have made myself ill with fear using the internet to research candida. Time and time again i come across HIV and AIDS related pages at the top of search info from google etc when researching candida. I know the information is valid but i think someone needs to point out that so many people have candida and I am sure the larger proportion do not have AIDS...because a lot of the symptoms are the same, candida damaging the immune system etc it is possible to get yourself into a huge state of paranoia. Because Doctors dont always agree that candida as an illness exists, people resort to using the net to try and diagnos and treat themselves...what other choice have we. The info on google got me into such a state that even when i had had two HIV tests, one at home test kit (then not trusting that as enough) a second one through the doctor,and both were negative, i still felt sick everytime i saw those search results and thought maybe i must have HIV, perhaps the home test kit was faulty ... maybe at the hospital lab there was a muddle...making myself more and more stressed. Initially i imagined i could have caught HIV from a tatoo beauty treatment...when that paranoia was quoshed by the fact that my HIV test was two years after the event so would have shown positive i began to concoct other possiblilites to frighten myself. I just thought i should say something as stress is a huge factor in candida and while these forums help...trawling the net for info can make things very much worse.