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Should I start medication or PEP?
Dec 29, 2012

Dear Ben,

Firstly thanks for taking time answering my question. I'm expose to hiv sexual wihtout protection on since three weeks ago around 12/12/12. Should I start treatment within this one month of exposure, what are the PEP or PrEP for this. Or I should forget about starting any treatment and stay well untill 'fix it when numbers start to break'

Thousand thanks and GOD bless you

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

It's good that you've recognized your health risks and possible steps to decrease that risk.

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) only works if started within 72 hours of the event; Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) could be considered if you find yourself at ongoing risk. PrEP requires daily medication (Truvada) and ongoing medical monitoring and HIV testing.

In your current situation, I'd certainly recommend getting HIV tested at 1 and 3 months after your exposure, continued use of condoms (whenever possible), screening for other sexually transmitted infections and if your at continued risks, a discussion with a knowledgable care provider about your PrEP option.

Be well and stay healthy, BY



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