Oct 17, 2007
Dr. Ben, I forgot to ask you during my recent appointment, but I am in a relationship with a great man and I am allways paranoid that something will happen and my partner will get infected by me. Is there a study going on where he could take medications to prevent or lower his chance of becoming positive? I do not want to always over react but, that is me sometimes.Again I think you are great and really help ALOT of people through your work here in Denver and on the web. Thanks again for any information
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for posting and your comments.
There's no medication that we'd routinely recommend for prevention of HIV in sero-discordant (or magnetic) couples.
There aren't any actively enrolling studies on pre-exposure treatment that I'm aware of. Though it is of some note that international studies show a protective effect of circumcision in reducing HIV acquisition.
On the other hand, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can be used after a high-risk exposure (unprotected, or the broken condom). PEP is effective in reducing the risk of HIV transmission after such events.
Hope this helps. Write back anytime. BY
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