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PEP Required?
Jan 31, 2007

Sunday morning I had unprotected sex with another male. I noticed in his bag there were HIV meds, after asking him about it he reassured me that I had nothing to worry about, the meds were not his, he was sharing the bag with his roommate. I got a PEP kit from work and just took my first dose. I believe him that I have nothing to worry about, and after my first dose ( 1 Combivir and 6 Kaletra BID) and now I'm experiencing numbness in my lips and limbs. Do you think I should continue the PEP?

Response from Dr. Henry

If the medical assessment you received recommended PEP then I would defer to that judgement. Many patients will develop gut/oral side effects from a regimen containing Combivir/Kaletra so that is not surprising though it can be annoying. KH

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