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Testing Window Hiv Prophylactics Post Exposure

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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 medication, which I'm...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...then a year because I got really sick. So my result was negative today before I started pep. I wanted to know if my testing window period will change for the sexual encounter that took place 4 months ago or should I trust in a 4 month... Read more »

did i get hiv ?

Dear dr Hy my name is Mike.I'm 26 years old . A few days ago i had a... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Treatment After Exposure to HIV

...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 infection. These medications are only available with a... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...through sex for a variety of reasons, often arising from positions of dependence and an inability to insist upon the use of male condoms. Because women are more vulnerable to HIV through heterosexual sex, prevention efforts need to focus on... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV if: Both of you are uninfected (HIV-negative); You both have sex only with your partner; and Neither one of you gets exposed to HIV through drug use or other activities. Oral sex has a lower risk of infection than anal or vaginal sex,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Couples With Mixed HIV Status

...doses of your partner's medication! That might not be the right treatment. For PEP to work, it must be started very soon after exposure to HIV. Discuss PEP with your doctor in advance so that you know what your options will be in case something... Read more »
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rapid tests vs. ELISA (Dr. Bob's answer!!)

Posted by JillianB, 2 Replies
...stories from people who tested negative via the rapid test but positive via the ELISA, around the same time and outside of the window period. Now I am TERRIFIED of a false-negative results. Should I be happy with my results or do I have cause for... Read more »

OK. Again, more info on the 3 month window period.

Posted by Anonymous this forum and you may want to refer me to another site. My question - what (if any) is the maximum period from possible exposure to the HIV virus due to intercourse, until deteced by an ELISA? After this period is one sure of no HIV... Read more »

OK. Again, more info on the 3 month window period.

Posted by Anonymous
...needle stick into a finger is very different than sexual exposure along a mucous membrane, so I don't know how relevant this is to exposure through sexual contact. However, they suggest that to be absolutely sure, a health care worker should get... Read more »

to test or not to test?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...believe that he/she was at a big risk for question is..being in a low risk category (vaginal intercourse with broken condom once and a few tattoos)..should i try to get tested?.. Read more »