Dec 19, 2007
Dear Doc Robert,
I feel somewhat ashamed asking given your own very real battles, compared with I believe my irrational fears, however I thought I should ask.
Was it mad/irrational to do a full course of combivir PEP after the following, not with out but negligible risk, tomfoolery.
1. briefly kissing and licking a vagina, though no insertion with a sexworker/masseuse). No visible sores or cuts in mouth though I had just eaten and drunk alcohol 2. Fingering said vagina, but no deep insertion, though she felt exceedingly wet. 3) Naked back massage, I have a pimply bottom, and her vagina may have come in-contact with the pimples, and possible loo paper wipe nicks.
I took the full course of PEP (boy does it make you feel unwell - you must be an extraordinary individual to be on meds such as this and continue to work so hard) but wondered if given the above I have over reacted to the risk of infection
My main concern is that I have had herpes out breaks, but not for many years, but 10 days into the pep I had an out break - would this just be deep stress induced - I like to think so.
Thanks for your feed back.
A very stressed out and hyper worried scaredy cat.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Hi Scaredy Cat,
PEP was not indicated. Whoever prescribed it for you did not do you any favors. You are correct: antiretrovirals are not easy to tolerate and can indeed make you "unwell"!
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