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PEP/PrPEP testing
      #276784 - 06/22/14 02:42 PM

Hi I am very sure I have been infected but health care workers don't seem to take me seriously because they can't feel my symptoms, I was hoping somebody that had a failed PEP may enlighten me on their experience especially to do with delayed antibody testing.
This is my case, I woke up and was blind drunk I noticed there were hairs in my bed and my wallet was stolen on further examination of CCTV a Ladyboy was seen leaving the hotel room in Bangkok. I felt normal as if I had not been interfered with but in the back of my mind I decided to see the STD clinic as I had no idea what happened. They prescribed me Truvada alone 30 hrs after possible exposure.
I was quite happy untill the 14th day when I experienced watery diarrhoea for about 4 days, swollen glands in my neck in front of my ears and generally feeling lousy. this persisted on and off and I have been experiencing headaches something i don’t normally suffer from as well as a herpes outbreak which I haven’t suffered from since 2007. At this point 24 days after exposure I figured that this was ARS so I stopped the PEP as not to cause any resistant strains of HIV. I also read that Truvada used alone in macaque PrEP studies did not work 24/48hrs after exposure due to the way the drugs work.
Anyway so I got tested by HIV DUO 8 days and 19 days after PEP, 43 days after exposure. I am still negative
All the doctors healthcare specialists tell me I am suffering from HIV anxiety, and that if this was ARS it would be accompanied with a high viral load and seroconversion i.e I would be antibody positive. Or is ARV an immunological response to HIV and the Viral load is kept below detectable level because of the use of PEP. Are these health care workers just trying to palm me off with what I want to hear to get me out of their hair? Thanks for any input.

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Re: PEP/PrPEP testing new
      #276790 - 06/23/14 02:44 AM

I can't help you with the pep but I can help with the anxiety.

About 20 days after my possible exposure, I suffered the following: fever, sore joints, swollen glands, tonsillitis,diarrhea, and mouth sores. Guess what? It was all due to anxiety. Test after test came back negative. Anxiety is horrible. Every time I read a new symptom, I experienced it.

I guess what I am saying is that you tested negative 6 weeks after exposure which is a good sign that you are negative. Try and stop looking into symptoms, they are not indicators.

Wishing you the best. Take care of you :-)

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