|precum pep and ars
Nov 29, 2007
During the summer I came into contact with precum in my mouth. I spit it out and went to the hospital and recvd 28days of pep medication.
while on pep I experienced all sort uncomfortable things: a slight sore throat that would go and come and fleeting pains in my lower armpit when I sat. The doctor didn't notice any lumps and sd it could be due to me biting my fingernails. I have not tested because I am afraid (I know it is childish). my problem is that I still get an uncomfortable throat when it gets cold, fleeting pain in my lower armpits, and I seem to have jock itch. I've tried all sorts of fungle creams and powders but it won't clear up completely. Could these be signs of hiv infection dr the summer.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
First, a few things I disagree with:
1. PEP was not warranted for the type of potential exposure you had.
2. Biting one's fingernails would not cause sore throat or pains in one's armpits.
3. Not getting HIV tested because you are afraid.
My advice is simple:
1. If you are old enough to be having sex, you are old enough to take responsibility for your health. That includes getting HIV tested if you feel you've placed yourself at risk.
2. If you have jock itch that won't clear up with over the counter creams, see a dermatologist for an evaluation and treatment.
3. Follow the post-PEP HIV testing guidelines. That includes HIV-antibody testing at the three- and six-month marks.
To not follow this very straightforward advice would indeed be "childish."
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