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Exposure and PEP
Aug 22, 2005

Dear Forum experts:

situation is this: I was the active partner with subsequently known positive man, broken condom after less than a min anal sex (kept checking). Went to local hospital and obtained Combivir within 4 hours of event, then just outside the 72 hour window found out that partner has some resitance to AZT, so went back to clinic and switched to a new cocktail (Abacavir / Viread / Kaletra). In the meanwhile I have had some symptoms: runny nose, some nausea, heartburn, diarrhoea, at times sporadic low grade fever - less than 37.5C however no pains, no aches, no lymph nodes, no tiredeness as such.

I am nearly at the end of 4 week PEP. Am I in for a HIV diagnosis? What are the risks of seroconversion after this history of knwon HIV exposure and PEP?

Please advise, many thanks and I appreciate your efforts in keeping us informed. A great job well done!

Response from Dr. Henry

From the details you provide it is much more likely you have endured side effects of HIV meds (usually worse in the first 4 weeks on drug!) and it seems unlikely those symptoms represent HIV infection. Good luck with your follow-up tests. KH


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