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Does Pep Work To Prevent Hiv Infection

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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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Hiv prevention (PEP) (TREATMENT AFTER EXPOSURE)

Dear Rob,I recently had sex with a man i do not know, without my knowledge he removed the condom. I went to the Er and was prescribed Viread and combavir, will this lower my chances of contracting Hiv?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, PEP, if appropriately prescribed and taken, can decrease the chance of infection following an HIV exposure. PEP is most effective when started as soon as possible (and no later than 72 hours) after an exposure. I'll reprint some... Read more »

PEP didn't work. 6 mths later now what?

In September of 2000 I had receptive anal intercourse. After the act, I learned that the man intentionally mutilated the condom and exposed me to HIV. I started PEP on 9/12/2000, within 48 hours of the exposure. I was first put on Combivir and...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Well, sorry to hear that you were not clear about what PEP can do, and the follow up needed.First - while Post Exposure Prophylaxis or PEP is widely done, it is still not clear how well or how often it works to actually prevent infection. But it is... Read more »

how do I know PEP is working?

Dear Dr. I had a penetrative anal intercourse with a male prostitute, I was wearing a condom but the chances it came off are 50%, as I was too drunk to keep it well, so there is that 50% chance it came off.Over the next day I develop sweats and also...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
If someone contracts HIV after an exposure to the virus, the symptoms of acute HIV typically occur typically two to three weeks after exposure. So the symptoms, if related to acute HIV, that you describe a day or two after your possible exposure... Read more »

Second time on PEP - Will the same pep regimen work again?

Hi Dr. Young, for the second time in a year I find myself on on a month long PEP course. I am completely bothered by the fact that this is happening again. My encounter was with someone of unknown status and I was the receptive partner. Tge problem...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello Frankie and thank you for your post. There's no reason why a second treatment course of post exposure prophylaxis won't work. If you remained HIV-negative after the first course of treatment and there's no issue with viral drug... Read more »
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Bush ignores HIV prevention methods that work

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
U.S. President George Bush ignores HIV prevention methods that work!
Who is informing the president on HIV and AIDS?

Failure of the American president to recognize the need to promote condoms has not only undermined over two decades of HIV prevention... Read more »

Preventing the increasing rate of HIV infections

Posted by notinterested, 3 Replies
So Ive been thinking about this for awhile and wanted to post this but wasnt sure if I should, but after reading an article today that I noticed on CNN, I thought it was a sign that I should post it. The article was basically about how HIV... Read more »

Help ... HIV or PEP Rash?

Posted by GDog, 2 Replies
About 4 weeks ago I stopped a PEP regimen consisting of Nelfinavir, 3TC and 4DT after 11 days.

I stopped due to a bad rash that developed all over my body (it was hot, red and kinda scaly on my legs, arms, neck, back and some on my chest).

I started... Read more »

PEP/PrPEP testing

Posted by Alex1664, 1 Reply
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... Read more »