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why is PEP not more widely known about
      #40947 - 09/28/02 06:26 PM

why isnīt there more publicity around post exposure prophyactic treatment. If the body website is right and PEP shows 79 % effectiveness why not use it all the time, and why isnīt this sucess story common knowledge, at least it was not for me although i do remeber hearing about it many years ago.

I feel like it is something that I should have done but now 2+weeks after exposure it is too late.

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Re: why is PEP not more widely known about new
      #40950 - 09/28/02 07:18 PM

the article covers the reason it isn't used, but here is the summary of the article............
PEP is much more than merely taking a few pills every day. If you want to take these drugs because you are asking yourself, "But what if this person has the virus? But what if there was blood in their saliva? But what if . . .?" then most likely, taking these drugs is not indicated in your case. At this time, the benefits of taking these medications after a sexual exposure are still being investigated, and there is still very little information regarding the use of these drugs in such cases. If you have had a high-risk exposure to a person known to have HIV (especially if they have a high viral load), then you will need to talk to a doctor knowledgeable about HIV antiviral medication immediately after the high-risk exposure. The doctor must then decide if PEP may be helpful under your circumstances, and which drugs to prescribe.

My suggestion to everyone is to take steps now to reduce your risk (reducing the number of your sexual partners, practicing safer sex, correctly using condoms, etc.), rather than relying on PEP to stay HIV negative. If you are dealing with issues such as fear, guilt and similar emotions, then I strongly suggest you seek mental-health counseling, rather than requesting PEP treatment from your doctor.

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Re: why is PEP not more widely known about new
      #40964 - 09/29/02 03:03 AM

I like pepper. Does it give you hiv?

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Re: why is PEP not more widely known about new
      #40969 - 09/29/02 03:47 AM

i dont think they want it to become the "morning-after" mentality. but agreed, i think more people should know about it.

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