|is he infected ?
May 10, 2010
My friend is HIV positive and her viral load has been undetectable for 3years now.She recently engaged in a sexual activity with her HIV negative boyfriend and the condom bursted,which they only relised after they were done.They immidiatly went to a doctor who prescribed a 3day medication course and told him he can test after 2weeks.The boyfriend only tested after 3weeks and he was still negative.What are the chances that he could be positive?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
The estimated per-act statistical risk for acquiring HIV from unprotected (or broken-condom) penile-vaginal sex with a partner confirmed to be HIV infected is 5 per 10,000 exposures.
I'm concerned about the "3 day medication course" your friend's HIV-negative partner was given. A course of post-exposure prophylaxis for an HIV exposure is 28 days of combination antiretroviral therapy, not three days. HIV testing after a significant exposure to someone confirmed to be HIV infected is recommended immediately, at six weeks, and at both the three- and six-months marks. You can read much more in the archives of this forum concerning magnetic couples, PEP and HIV screening tests.
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