|Whats after PEP?
Aug 21, 2010
I was exposed to HIV through semen on my mouth sore and i was on PEP treatment for a month (was taking combivir twice a day). Now i am done with it and was wondering what am i suppose to do next? Also, what are my chances of getting HIV positive through this kind of exposure??? Thanks
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your post.
You ask excellent questions. Following PEP treatment, one should continue to get periodic laboratory monitoring-- I recommend getting a HIV test (and hepatitis antibody testing) at 1 and 3 months after the exposure. Also, since PEP can rarely be associated with side effects or toxicity, symptom-based or general laboratory monitoring is reasonable. Oral transmission of HIV is very rare-- coupled with PEP, I'd think that your risk of HIV infection (positivity) is exceptionally low. Lastly, while very uncommon, since HIV infection is still possible, I recommend after PEP, that you continue to practice safe habits (sex and drugs).
I hope this is helpful, BY
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