The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Window For Hiv Prophylaxis

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
AIDS InfoNet

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...
Ask the Experts

Scared from encounter - early prophylaxis? - happy to donate

Dear Bob - I am concerned about a recent encounter with a person whose occupation is dancer/stripper. Though not at all known to be HIV positive, I am concerned that I might be at risk from having "fingered" her, and also because both my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is definitely NOT warranted for such a minimal degree of risk. Read the archives of this forum for additional information about PEP.Overall, I would say your risk is negligible to nonexistent. If you are... Read more »

Continue after Post Exposure Prophylaxis?

This February I had the misfortune of having sex and getting HIV. My sexual contact was on a Friday and by Wednesday I started having the "flu-like" reaction. My doc put me on PEP that day but unfortunately the window of opportunity...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question, Optimiststl,This is an area of considerable controversy, particularly since recent data from Dr. Bruce Walker's lab in Boston showed that there does not appear to be a significant change in viral load set point among... 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 »

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 »
Connect With Others

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 »

what prolongs the WINDOW PERIOD?

Posted by Ham1973, 3 Replies
Please are there medications/drugs that extends the window period? Your thoughts please. Read more »

Window Period

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
HIV Antibody Assays

HIV InSite Knowledge Base Chapter
Published September 2001
Niel Constantine, PhD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Early Detection and the Window Period
Specific antibody to HIV is produced shortly after infection, but... Read more »

Window Period

Posted by Anonymous

Let me tell you about the window period we are using in Sweden. The window period we use is 12 weeks window, regardless of exposure type(high or low risk exposure) One clinic in Sweden have 8 weeks window. BUT our "CDC" or as we call it in Sweden... Read more »