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is this true?
Jan 10, 2006

i had a needlestick at work via a high-risk patient. i started combivir/kaletra as per the md (recommended from id at the hosp. i work at). the doctor told me that i could stop taking it after two days of treatment if i couldn't tolerate it. is this true? will it still give me the protection i need?

Response from Dr. Henry

Most of the data on the potential benefit of PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) involves use of antiretroviral drugs of a target of 4 weeks. There is little data or experience with using for only 2 days. Theoretically just 2 days of drug use would not provide much protection. Usually side effects can be managed or alternative drugs considered depending on the circumstances. KH



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