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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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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 »


HI. I had sex with a stranger on sunday around 10h00. The condom broke. I was afraid I was at risk for HIV.I went to see a doctor on tuesday and he prescribed a 7 days use of TRIVENZ. I will start it at 20h00 or 21h00(its still tuesday). Firstly, I...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
This is nit a great choice for PEP. In most places resistance to efavirenz (one of the meds in Trivenz) is not uncommonly transmitted. Plus the side effects can limit its use as PEP. More commonly used her win the US is Truvada + Isentress. An... Read more »

agent pep prescription

I live in Durban(Sub-saharan Africa) and been exposed to hiv in the late night party for unprocted sex 2 days ago.1. Is it right for my docter to prescribe Truvanda alone with no Kaletra?2.Is taking pep after 36 hours put me on huge risks?3. Is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.1. Truvada is a combination of two antiretrovirals (Emtriva and Viread). Two-drug regimens can be used for PEP.2. PEP works best when begun as soon as possible after exposure. If more than 72 hours have lapsed since the time of exposure, PEP... Read more »

NB!! PEP Prescription incorrect

The Dr gave me pills and said that I should drink one a day and after doing my research I found that I am actually suppose to drink 2 pills a day. I Began my treatment on friday and have skipped atleast 5 days of the second pill. Is that crucial...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.It's not clear from your note what PEP treatment you're taking, but while it's unfortunate that you only took 1/2 of the recommended doses over the first 5 days, you shouldn't try to make up the... Read more »
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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 »

unprotected sex and currently on PEP...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hey everyone,

Need some help from people with knowledge of HIV, neg or poz or people who were on PEP.

I made a one time mistake of having unprotected (I inserted my penis vaginally) sex, one time, with a sex worker, status unknown...just 11 days ago.... Read more »

Symptoms after PEP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi all,

Been reading your posts for the past month, really helpful.

So here is my case: I had a pretty high risk exposure (condom slippage during sex with female prostitute).
The next day I went to the ER and got a PEP prescription (Combivir, I started... Read more »

PEP Question

Posted by agny, 1 Reply
WEll from the incident i already mentioned I went to the emergency room to get a prescription for PEP. They didn't favor the idea becasue of all the side effects.

Just a question about the prescription. They gave me three:

Indinavir Sulfate: every 8... Read more »