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Does Pep Work To Prevent Hiv Infection

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AIDS InfoNet

Treatment After Exposure to HIV

...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 infection. These medications are only available with a prescription. PEP should begin as soon as possible after exposure to HIV, but certainly within 72 hours. Treatment with 2 or 3 ARVs should continue for 4...
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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
...consideration, your doctor, in addition to the HIV test, should have performed an HIV viral load. In the typical presentation of acute HIV infection, the HIV antibody test is negative but the HIV viral load is extremely high. So you should... Read more »

What's the difference between PrEP and PEP?

Hey Doc,Are PEP and PrEP the same thing? I'm confused.Jimbo
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...PEP and PrEP consist of a combination of antiretroviral medications, the same medications used to actually treat established HIV disease. We know that PEP/PrEP does work to help prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission from an HIV-positive... Read more »

I need a "PEP" talk

Dr. Bob,I feel very uninformed on the use of PEP...Can you purchase this pre-exposure and carry with you in case of exposure?Do you need a prescription or purchase off the shelf?Is there a % of how effective it is if used within 72 hours?Thanks for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs) as soon as possible after exposure to HIV, so that the exposure will not result in HIV infection. These medications are only available with a prescription. PEP should begin as soon as possible after... Read more »

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
...taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs) as soon as possible after exposure to HIV, so that the exposure will not result in HIV infection. These medications are only available with a prescription. PEP should begin as soon as possible after... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...pregnancy. How Can You Protect Yourself and Others? Unless you are 100% sure that you and the people you are with do not have HIV infection, you should take steps to prevent getting infected. People recently infected (within the past 2 or 3... Read more »
The Body

Innovative Widget Provides N.Y. Emergency Rooms With PEP Info

...Department of Health to educate every provider in the state on post-exposure prophylaxis [PEP]; this includes how to diagnose acute HIV infection and HIV testing. We had this challenge, and we thought of using widget technology as an efficient... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Couples With Mixed HIV Status

...sometimes called "serodiscordant" or "mixed serostatus". "Sero-" refers to blood serum. "Serostatus" refers to whether someone has HIV infection or not. HIV isn't the first topic that comes up when most couples start dating. You may not know the... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for Sexual Exposures

...Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a type of antiviral therapy for HIV designed to reduce (but not eliminate) the possibility of infection with the virus after Read more »
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PEP

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. Read more »

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) - Help

Posted by MF2010
...completely exposed. I suspect my partner was HIV infected. Went straight to the hospital and started Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) within the next 6 hours and for 28 straight days. Didn't finished yet the treatment. The doctors here say it... Read more »

So worried - 3 month test next week post-PEP

Posted by 5parkl3, 1 Reply
...because of the emotional state I was in, they thought it best for my mental health (I have OCD, and one of my main fears is HIV infection). I was on Truvada (1 daily) and Kaletra (2 twice daily), started at 15 hours post-potential-exposure but... Read more »

Help ... HIV or PEP Rash?

Posted by GDog, 1 Reply
...results. My questions: 1) Would my PEP regimen cause a rash as I described above? ... or ... could the rash be a symptom of HIV infection (after 11 days). 2) Today (7 weeks from encounter) my right armpit was bothering me. If I push in the... Read more »