Does Altripla prevent HIV
Jun 23, 2007
I work in the medical feild and got a stick from a sharp instrument. It was an ear pick and not a needle. The doctors put me on altripla to prevent the lower the risk of hiv. Does it eliminate my risks and can I get hiv from an instrument thats not a needle??
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
While not formally approved for this, the drugs in Atripla (tenofovir, FTC and efavirenz) should be as effective (and maybe better tolerated) as other post-exposure regimens (PEP). The use of PEP lowers but doesn't completely eliminate your risk of HIV transmission, but the actual risk depends on a lot of factors. I'd encourage you to search TheBody.com for other PEP information.
Best of luck, BY
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