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Truvada as a PEP medication
Jul 25, 2010

I am a medical student who recently had a pericutanious stick with a 30 gauge anesthetic syringe. I was started on once daily truvada later that day. Is this medication sufficient on its own.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Truvada is a two-drug regimen (emtricitabine plus tenofovir). Two-drug regimens are sometimes prescribed for PEP (Combivir, Truvada, etc.). Personally I favor three-drug regimens, particularly if there has been a significant HIV exposure.

You mention you sustained a percutaneous needle stick. Was the patient confirmed to be HIV infected? You should discuss your case and treatment options with the HIV specialist following your course of PEP.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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