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How Often Do You Have To Take Pep

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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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PEP and sore neck/ars (PEP AND THE NEED FOR HIV SPECIALIST 2008)

Hi Dr. BobI just finnished PEP (zodivudine, lamivudine, crixivan) a week ago. After taking PEP I had a couple side effects, tingling in the fingers, a tiny bit in the neck and toes an exhaustion. After a while I stated to have a lot of pain in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,As I have frequently stated in this forum, I recommend anyone who has had an HIV exposure significant enough to warrant a course of PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) be followed by an HIV specialist. (See below.) It seems the vast majority of... Read more »

PEP n more pep

My pep meds were amended to be:1) Aluvia 100/400 - every 12 hours2) Combid 300 - every 12 hours3) Stocrin 600 once a dayIs keeping the Stocrin included going to just help the success chances even more? Or is it totally unnecessary and should drop...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi and thanks for posting.Current US guidelines for PEP recommend the use of AZT/3TC (Combivir) and lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra/Alluvia) for 1 month. Efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin) is not recommended, nor is it helpful to add with Combivir and... Read more »

PEP- why the 4 weeks of Atripla for PEP?

I have a question, I will try to keep it short. I have recieved Atripla as a PEP from a previous exposure. Due to the horrible side-effects, I finished 24 of the 30 pills that were perscribed for me, I could not finish them all. After several...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,A full course of post-exposure prophylaxis is 28 days. The duration of any course of medical treatment is based on information from clinical trials, pharmacology of the drug(s), natural history of the disease, and other factors.The... Read more »


In reading through the forums, I noticed many posts about PEP. It brought to mind something my doctor told me.... If a condom ever breaks, give my partner a dose of my meds and call her. My question is.... I'm on Atripla. Does PEP require a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello O,You have a wise and compassionate HIV specialist in my opinion. I absolutely agree with his recommendation. The reasons are:1.PEP is most effective if it is started as soon as possible after an HIV exposure. Therefore within minutes is more... Read more »
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pep y periodo de ventana

Posted by neospeedpr, 1 Reply
hay post aqui que dicen que el pep afecta el periodo de ventana, es verdad eso? ayudeme Read more »


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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Whether PEP is workable?? Any information??

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pep and testing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
i was on pep .how long should i wait to get tested if i have a pcr test? Read more »