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3 months and 3 weeks, after exposure and PEP.

Mar 21, 2013

I had a risky exposure to HIV in noveber and I got on pep 27 hours after. Since then I have gained weight on my hips, face, chest, and have leg pain that's usually annoying and doesn't go away. The pills they gave me for pep were truvada/kaletra. My question is after all this I got tested 3 months and 3 weeks after the exposure and it came back negative, so is there any chance that I need to get tested again because I might still have it??? My doctor says I 100% don't have it and theres no chance that I do.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

PEP is very effective if started within 72 hours of exposure and adhered to through the 4 week treatment.

A negative HIV antibody test at or around 3 months is definitive. 100%. There's no need to retest for HIV (at least for this exposure) at this time, but if your still feeling poorly, you should communicate this to your care provider for additional evaluation.


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