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Any reliability in results?
Aug 23, 2013

Hi Dr Young, a very quick question for you from an anxious medical student. I finished 28 days of Truvada (only) as PEP after a high risk exposure and went for STI tests (including HIV rapid antibody test) at 6 weeks post exposure. This was negative.

Can I take anything from this or is it too soon still? I have read that due to delayed seroconversion, I should have tested 6 and 12 weeks from the end of PEP (despite my countries guidelines recommending 6 and 12 weeks post exposure). This wait is killing me and I have exams coming up, not able to focus at all.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting,

You didn't test too soon, and a negative test at 6 weeks is entirely reassuring. As you can imagine though, you will still want to test at 12 weeks.

If you've been adherent to your PEP, you should rest assured (ok, I know first hand that it's not so easy) that PEP is very effective.

Be well and good luck on your exams, BY



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