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RE: PCR & PEP
Oct 1, 2003

Justlearning that AFTER I complete my PEP treatment I am going to have to wait another 28 days for PCR and 13 weeks for elisa to confirm my status, also at 6 months. I find myself just wanting to stop all these meds now, so I can learn more quickly. I seem to have gotten myself into quite a depressive spiral. Weird how I can get so depressed since I am not that way normally. My Dr. wants to do a PCR at the end of my PEP next week. I take it from your message it is pointless?

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It is highly unlikely that you were infected even without the PEP. PEP would be expected to decrease the HIV level in the event of an actual infection so I ordinarily would get a PCR test a month or so after stopping the PEP to obtain reassurance of a negative status at a reasonable interval.



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