Please Help - PEP and Herpes (IMMUNE RECONSTITUTION INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME, IRIS, 2011)
May 10, 2011
Hi Doctor -
I was wondering if there is any link between PEP medications (retrovir, viread, and epivir) and increasing likelihood of herpes outbreaks? Can taking these medications cause you to have outbreaks? Insert says that medications may increase immune system and reveal hidden infections. I have not had an outbreak in years but am concerned that these meds will cause one? Please help!
Response from Dr. Frascino
No, antiretroviral medication used for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) will not increase the likelihood of herpes outbreaks. The comment you read in the package insert about increasing immune system functioning may have been referring to immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS). See link below. As you will note, IRIS has nothing to do with taking these medicaments for PEP (post exposure prophylaxis). Your fears are unwarranted.
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