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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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How effective is PEP started 60 hours after exposure?

I had bareback sex with a man who I found out was HIV positive, but he said he had a low viral load and high counts of CD-4. I don't know whether to trust this though. I put off getting PEP because I was too scared I'd be judged by my...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for your post.Just because you don't have any side effects doesn't mean that the medications that you're taking aren't working. Indeed, many persons who take HIV meds (including those who are taking them for... Read more »

HCW exposure (OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE, PEP)

Dear Dr., Quick question: A HCW had a needlestick injury involving a pt of known HIV/HepC status and was then treated with Combivir/Tenofovir for 4 weeks for this exposure. She has had an 8wk ELISA (neg) (4wks after completion of PEP), and a 9wk...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello RT,This is one of the reasons I feel strongly that anyone who has sustained an HIV exposure significant enough to warrant a course of PEP should be followed by an HIV specialist. HIV specialists are best trained to evaluate and document a... Read more »

EMERGENCY ROOM DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT PEP! (NEW YORK STATES PEP TOOL) (TOOL TO OFFER FAST HELP FOR HIV EXPOSURE, 2009)

Dr. Bob,I live in New York (the state not the city). I had a significant HIV exposure and went to an ER. The doc and staff never heard of PEP. What's up with that?Zorro...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,We've heard many similar stories from across the country. New York State is doing its part to remedy this unconscionable situation (see below). I'm hopeful all other states won't be far behind.Dr. BobTool to Offer Fast Help for... 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 »
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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 »

Exposure -PEP?

Posted by Crombie34, 1 Reply
Was exposed today - bottomed for a guy who turns out is HIV positive/undetectable. He came inside me. Should I see my doctor for PEP? Read more »

Known Exposure(?); PEP; HEP C "cured"; Home Access

Posted by login123
What a roller coaster this has been. In November, I started having sex with someone who was HIV + and "cured" of Hep C for several years (5+). I saw his medical records. With regards to HIV, he had an undetectable viral load <20 for years and was... Read more »

6weeks/post exposure/pep meds result

Posted by justagirl72
So my employee health nurse called to let me know that my test for HIV and Hep C were Negative..yay..but I know its not conclusive. my HepB was reactive but I have an immunity from a vaccine..so now its back to the waiting game and counting the... Read more »