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Non-Occupational Post Exposure Prevention

Other non-occupational HIV PEP programs may be available through emergency rooms or local clinics. Your city or state department of public health may have more information about HIV nPEP programs in your area. This list merely reflects formal programs that we are aware of at the time of publication. Commentary The decision to use nPEP is a difficult one. Even if you participated in an activity that put you at high risk for HIV infection,...
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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 »

RE: PEP long term effects vs. risk

Dr. Henry-Thanks for you answer to my previous question (about long-term PEP side effects). One extra question about PEP - would it affect the time it takes a body to seroconvert? Basically, is my testing window affected by the drugs, or is it the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Though not well worked out it seems likely that PEP could delay time to seroconversion modestly in persons in whom HIV transmission still occurred despite PEP so careful follow-up out to 6+ months is recommended. KH... Read more »

Long term muscle weakness from PEP treatment?`

Is it possible for a 28-day PEP treatment to cause severe, debilitating, long-term leg and arm muscle weakness? I have been dealing with this issue for 9 months after PEP. Just walking is difficult. Can't work. No other blood/imaging...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
WHat was your PEP?Truvada would not do this. AZT could but should not last this long. Stavudine (d4T) can have longer term neurologic effects in rare cases.DW... 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 »
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PeP (Truvada and Kaletra) 28 day cycle... Long Term effects?

Posted by Screen1001
Hello all, I just started taking Truvada and Kaletra 3 days ago to provent being infected. After I am done with my 28 day cycle is it common for the side effects to remain long term? Right now I have had a very upset stomach and nausia for 3 days.... Read more »

Long Term Survival - a new beginning

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have been poz for 16 years now (since 19yo... now age 35), and am truly amazed that there isn't much being said about what we're to do with our lives once told (as I was just yesterday by my Dr)"you should prepare for a normal lifespan". This... Read more »

How long should I wait for testing to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
My girlfriend watched a video in school saying that it could take ten years, while testing every five months, to determine if you have AID's. Is there any truth to that? Read more »

RE:how long meds work

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi pals. I was wondering if anyone on the regimen: Viracept+Combivir has any idea how good this regimen is. I want to know what's the average period of time some of you have been on these meds for. I've been taking them for about 7 months and on... Read more »