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does aspen lamzid reverse the hiv infection
Jan 22, 2010

H my name is lawrence from south africa,i met this girl last year november 2009 i slept with her for the first i used protection,but for the second time i didn't use the protection and we slept more 5times,i asked her to go for an HIV test on 21 december 2009 and to find that she is Positive and i am negative, and i bought aspen lamzid is the posibility that the infection can be reversed?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello Lawerence and thanks for your post from South Africa.

What you ask about is called post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP (there's a whole category on this topic on this forum). Lamzid, or AZT+3TC (known here in the US and other parts of the world as Combivir) can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV infection after exposure, but the treatment must be started within 72 hours of the exposure. Studies have shown that there is little effectiveness of PEP after this time.

Once one has HIV infection (the only way to know this is to get tested), PEP or Lamzid won't reverse the infection.

I hope this helps. Feel free to write back anytime.

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