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Getting A Prescription For Post Exposure Prophylaxis

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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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Hello Dr. Frascino,I am a 26 yr old male from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I had unprotected viginal sex 2 days before with an unknown girl. I have been loyal to my girl friend till now. I don't know the HIV status of that girl, but she accepted that she...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Tulsa Guy,Your nearby "hopspital" has no clue what PEP is??? YIKES! That's shocking even for a square red state in the middle of the country!I doubt an HIV-knowledgeable physician would recommend a course of PEP for the type of... Read more »

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, Occupational Exposure

Hi Dr Frascino, I am a medical resident and today suffered an occupational injury from an AIDS patient. I was placing a 20G IV when the patient jumped and it stuck my finger. The injury wasn't very deep, but I had a bit of blood from the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Yes, PEP further reduces your HIV-acquisition risk; however, we can't say by exactly how much because there are many confounding variables, including viral strain, viral load, whether the source patient was on antiretrovirals, time to your... Read more »

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP's)

Good day I would just like to know if there is anything I can take with the PEP's (Combivir) to relieve all the side effects and make me feel better? It is only day 2 of the course but I feel very very sick (Nausea, Vomiting, severe diarrhoea,...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Combivir can be tough. Truvada may be a better option. Both are best when taken with a third agent. If Combivir is all you can get, anti-nausea meds may help a bit but won't help your other symptoms. Talk to your doctor to see if the exposure... Read more »

Post-exposure prophylaxis

Hos does PEP work?It is starting to get quite popular here down under, but I dont understand how it actually works. If PEP blocks a cell cycle in replication, how come the meds dont 'cure'HIV? What is the percentage of effectivity of...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis works by preventing viral replication. Productive viral replication results in the insertion of the HIV chromosome into our genes-- hence it becomes part of our cell's own chromosomes and can be very... Read more »
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Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) - Help

Posted by MF2010
Hi all,

I've been exposed to HIV in the beginning of this month.
My condom completely broke and i had sex for a couple of minutes completely exposed. I suspect my partner was HIV infected.

Went straight to the hospital and started Post-Exposure... Read more »

Scared of this sore throat at 116 days post exposure ?

Posted by Timmy, 1 Reply
Got tested 93,94 and 108 days by CMIA test - it came non reactive and also HIV RNA test at 108 days which was undetectable but I am again worried now after exhaustion, appetite loss , continuos sore throat and swollen lymph. And testing guidelines... Read more »

87 days post exposure

Posted by mike_7801
Hi ,
I had 4, 6, 8, & 10th week -ve results.. so i wanted to have a 3 month test.
i went to get tested on monday ie 11th june ( 87 days post exposure ).
I gave my blood in the morning around 8:45 am.. and the Lab guy told me that i can check my... Read more »

4 week 'negative' girlfriend showing extreme symptoms post (my) exposure

Posted by 908320498, 10 Replies
Hi guys,

Firstly - thank you for running such an informative service. I have already posted this on another forum but maybe you - as experts - can help shed some light / further offer some assistance.

Please help me.

45 days ago - whilst traveling... Read more »