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pep, any med better than other?
Sep 17, 2005

hi doc, i started PEP (combivir, kaletra)12 hrs after deeply fingering a lady of unknow status. i had a small cut on my thumb which had stopped bleeding but was raw and no healing started. i noticed some blood on my fingers later (her vaginal blood)which i soaped off. i had to stop PEP 2 days ago (after taking it for 16 days) due to side effects. 1. did i have the right combination of meds for PEP? 2. since 3 days now i am having body ache & fatigue. no rash/fever/lymph node/sore throat. can body ache alone 2 weeks after exposure indicate ARS? 3. would a different combination of meds have avoided this? 4. should i restart PEP?

please answer as am in deep anxiety and have posted to other forums without responce. thank you for your time.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

The regimen that you were on should be very potent for PEP-- it's one that we use with some frequency. I'd think that your exposure was of pretty low risk and since your PEP was started soon after the exposure, your further risk should have been significantly reduced.

It's hard to pin your symptoms on HIV, though I can't prove that this can't be the case. Before I'd restart the medications, I'd review your situation with your doctor. BY



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