|PEP and Pregnancy
May 17, 2014
Greetings Dr. Young,
I have had an unfortunate incident whereby my condom broke whilst having sex and I wasnt sure of the partners status. Within 12 hours I started taking PEP. The prescription indicates that the doses should be taken within 12 hours of one another. I havent missed a day and I currently have a week left. My question is that if I miss the 12 hour mark and take it within say 12 and a half hours once or twice(this has happened 2 times during my process), what is the impact? Can someone become pregnant from precum? As I did not ejaculate. I have also taken all medication to avoid STDs as well.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
We get this question frequently. HIV medications need not be taken "every 12 hours". Rather, they're either once- or twice-daily. This means within a few hours of every 24 or 12 hours.
As for pregnancy, pre-cum has sperm, so yes, pregnancy can happen.
Hope that's helpful, BY
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