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8 days after PEP and having kidney pain plus few white spots/coat on tongue

May 16, 2011

Doctor, last time you told me that the side effects of the PEP medication will "dissipate over several days". Sure enough most of the side effects are gone. However, I am still having kidney pain. I also noticed that I have some few white spots on my tongue and white coating towards the back. I have had this white coating even during taking PEP on and off but I am seeing small white spots for the first time. I don't feel pain but now that I am conscious of it, I do feel my tongue slightly heavier and I do feel some sort of sensation as if there is something slightly pricky on my tongue. Could these be signs of acute HIV infection?

I have also had lot of stress as I am going through a lot in my personal life, not to mention waiting to test after some time. I have back pain as well. So not sure how much of this is stress related. (By the way, I just did a ORA quick test two days ago. The tests were negative. I know that I have to wait for three months but I did this just to check.)

Response from Dr. Frascino


"Could these be signs of HIV infection?" The chances would be extremely remote at best. Most likely your symptoms are related to anxiety. I'm confident your remaining symptoms will magically disappear once you get your definitive negative post-PEP HIV test. In the interim, if the symptoms persist or worsen, have the HIV specialist who is monitoring your PEP treatment evaluate them.

By the way your recent negative OraQuick test is very encouraging.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob

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Very worried...maybe too worried? Please advise

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