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Justified pep? Combivir damage?
Jun 28, 2013

Thank you for reading my question.

I taking pep 8 days due to reciving oral sex, frottage and his anus- my penis pressing with an hiv+, viral load 550. When the pressing occured i did feel the warmer temp. of his anus, but he flexed it to avoid penetration. I had small scratches on my penis from the rubbing in the act, got worried and went to consult.

Was the pep justified? Could i get infected from this short pressing or oral cuz of the scratches? As from what I read I fear that the AZT damages my dna and mitochondria, i don't want to poison my body for no reason.

Response from Dr. Young

Hi and thanks for posting.

Seems like your risks were pretty darn low; especially given your contact had such a low viral load.

Having said that, the short duration of PEP is rarely, if ever, associated with long-term complications, such as mitochondrial injury.

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