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Urgent! Should I start post-exposure prophylaxis?

Apr 3, 2007

My husband of 10 years is an HIV+ Hemophiliac. We have always had protected sex. His viral load is indetectable and has remained so for over 4 years. Last night his condom broke, it was not discovered immediatley. He did not ejaculate in me but he does have a small open lesion on his penis that I came in contact with. We have never had this issue before, do I need to start post-exposure meds? Thanks you for a quick response.

Response from Dr. Frascino


Yes, I would recommend PEP. Your husband's HIV specialist should be able to arrange for this. If not, any emergency room or urgent care clinic should be well versed and equipped to get you started on treatment immediately. You should then follow up with an HIV specialist to monitor your 28-day course of therapy and arrange for post-PEP follow-up testing.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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