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Are Pep Treatments Effective If Given Within Enough Time

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Treatment After Exposure to HIV

What Is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis? Who Should Use PEP? Should PEP Be Used for Non-Occupational Exposure? How Is PEP Taken? What Are the Side Effects? The Bottom Line For More Information What Is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis? Prophylaxis means disease prevention. Post-exposure prophylaxis (or PEP) means taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs) as soon as possible after exposure to HIV, so that the exposure will not result in HIV...
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Given PEP Need Help!!!!!!

Hello Dr Robert,Last week I had a brief period of insertive sex equalling two thursts and was no longer intrested. I would like to state that when I put the condom on I never have a problem but this time the guy did it. I orignally didnt think...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Two thrusts and you lost interest? Wow, your partner must have been a really bad lay!Whether or not PEP would be indicated for such a minimal in-out-in-out is questionable. You report you're being "monitored" on PEP.... Read more »

Re-Given Pep Please Help!!!!

I actually was very insisting that they give me the medication and the infectious diseases specialist monitors my liver and while blood cells etc. The penetration was only for 2 seconds I'm having a hard time wondering if the penis can go all...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I most likely would not have recommended PEP for this level of potential HIV risk.Regarding the Berlin patient "cure" and why we don't have a routine cure for HIV/AIDS, see below.Dr. BobGiven PEP Need Help!!!!!!Nov 8, 2009Hello... Read more »

Effect of irregular pep treatment intake times

Hi dr. ,am on pep treatment after i got exposed to a hiv infected partner-condom burst! I am taking aspen lamzid 2 times a day, i hav established my time as 8.30am and 8.30pm,though am not exactly timely to take my pill, at times am like...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.A 10-20 minute variation in when you take your medications won't have any effect on potency.He's hoping for a healthy outcome.BY... Read more »

Trizivir as PEP regime--think I was given an ineffective prescription! PLEASE HELP ME!

I went on PEP 60 hours after a possible exposure with an unknown source. This was 5 days ag. It was insertive. It was protected except for about 5-10 seconds when I put my unprotected head of my penis inside him. i went to the ER (I live in a...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.Trizivir is generally not recommended for PEP, primarily because of the potential for abacavir-(one of the parts of Trizivir)related side effects. On the other hand, Combivir (the AZT and 3TC parts of Trizivir are readily used... Read more »
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Neighbor has been given her "time remaining"...

Posted by Carrie, 1 Reply
To start off, if any of you remember, I married a poz man while I am neg. We have a friend who lives nextdoor that we met when we moved in. Over the past 6 months, she and I got alot closer and talked about things more. I knew she had Hep C and was... Read more »


Posted by je5872, 2 Replies
has anyone ever taken PEP. I began taking PEP 4 hrs post exposure. I was top with hiv+ guy on no meds when condom broke. i immediately washed and urinated. Has anyone had this experince? do they feel the PEP was effective? Read more »

PEP and testing for G-Man

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
G-Man -

I have lifted a quote of yours from another post:

"If you are actually infected the disease will start replicating immediately and that is where ARS comes from in the 2 to 6 week range. The only things that can delay replication is PEP or... Read more »

is taking pep second time after 4 months dangerous

Posted by scorp81, 1 Reply
Hi there
I'm just worried I was on pep 4 months ago and last night I had unprotected sex with a guy and I ejaculated in him he said he's clean I don't know what he means probably means HIV negative which I find a bit offensive towards positive... Read more »