|Risk of infection
Feb 27, 2014
i was exposed to hiv through a condom burst with a person who was positive,in less than a minute i withdrew and went for a test and she was confirmed positive and i negative. I started PEP in less than 24hrs. What are my chances of getting infected being the first exposure? Please help am stressed up.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
One isn't guaranteed of getting HIV from any single HIV exposure. Indeed, a published scientific study looking at the risk per sexual act found that the per-act risk of getting HIV after unprotected exposure is in the range of 0.1 to 0.2% (or 1 in 500-1000).
Since you started PEP within the recommended 72 hours and assuming that you'll be adherent to the remainder of the 28 days of treatment, your risk of getting HIV is much lower than these nunmbers. It's low. Very low.
Hope that helps with the stress. BY
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