When a patient suffers from panic attack for example, a medical work up is performed. HIV testing is not routinely asked but if the patient or physician have suspicions (such as following blood transfusions, unprotected intercourse, IV drug use, recent tattoo…), then HIV can be checked.
And what usually happens is that when the patient knows that he is AIDS positive , he becomes anxious and may develop somatic symptoms ,nervousness ,tremors ,gastrointestinal, disturbances( diarrhea, nausea) or visual impairments. Such symptoms can result from HIV illness, anxiety, or both
Reactions to being HIV-positive rarely result in specific anxiety disorders such as phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, or panic disorder. A form of posttraumatic stress disorder has been described.