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Taking Post Exposure Prophylaxis When You're Hiv Positive

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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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post-exposure prophylaxis

Hi Dr. Joe, Thank you again for your previous answer. I appreciate it.I took the HIV-1 DNA by PRC Test and the HIV-1 Abs on the 36th day after exposure. Both tests came negative. I have never tested positive on any HIV tests. I've been taking a...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your follow-up.No the medications you took would not have affected the PCR tests. Don't worry.Joe... Read more »

What should I expect from post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) medication?

Hi everyone, I'm very new to this so please bare with me. As yet I've not had a positive test, but I have had a possible exposure to the the hiv virus.I've acted quickly and my doctor has prescribed post exposure prophylaxis...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I'm glad you acted quickly following your HIV exposure. And assuming that exposure was significant, I'm also glad your doctor prescribed PEP. However, I'm not so glad that he didn't tell you what to expect or answer your... Read more »

How effective is post-exposure prophylaxis?

What if there is a risk of expoure, the likelihood to be cured by the cocktail if taken within the first 24 hours, before it is penetrating the lymph glands? Is it close to 100%. What are the rates of sucess reported in the studies? I did read the...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) after a high risk occupational exposure, has been found to reduce the infection rate by approximately 80% (depending on the study). PEP is recommended for high risk occupational... Read more »

Post exposure prophylaxis

Hi, I'm a 19 year old college student, I live in Mexico. I had unprotected receptive intercourse (ejaculation included) with a 50-60 year old man on july 15th. I started PEP (Combivir + Kaletra) after about...20-22 hours of the event. I've...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,If your private physician is familiar with PEP, it would be fine to see him for follow-up. Ideally, it's best to be followed by an HIV specialist (see below).Post-PEP HIV-antibody testing is recommended at 4-6 weeks, 3 months and six... 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 10 days ago--prophylaxis drug an option?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies

I'm happily married and monogamous for the past 10 years. Ten days ago 5 minutes of drunken stupidity could have changed all that.

I had gone to a strip club (which is a rarity for me). I got way too drunk and stupid, and got a lap dance. The... Read more »

hiv prophylaxis

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
My partner is pos.Last week the condom broke so doc gave me kaletra+combivir to take as 'morning after pill' or prophylaxis.ok for 3 days (except terrible shits) then BANG! puking,stomach pains,sweats,fatigue(so bad it brought on an attack of... Read more »

is seven weeks post exposure enough time to tell?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I am a victim of rape and I know that he didn't use protection and that is all I know about him. I am so scared that I am going to have hiv. I had a test done at four weeks after which was negative and now my DR reccomends one at 7 weeks then... Read more »