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Author Topic: How Easily Can I Breathe- Post-PEP testing  (Read 1775 times)

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Offline hollywoodhills

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How Easily Can I Breathe- Post-PEP testing
« on: October 02, 2012, 02:03:39 PM »
Hello and thank you so much for this wonderful service.

10 weeks ago while hooking up with a man I met in a bar in Las Vegas, I was exposed to his fluids after a condom failure while acting as the receptive anal partner. (I actually believe the man intentionally removed the condom while switching positions which caused me serious alarm). While he claimed repeatedly to be negative he had also been displaying some other untrustworthy behavior, and after a sleepless night I went to an emergency room and got on a 30-day PEP course of truvada started at 14.5 hours after the incident. I was religious about my regimine and missed not a single dosage.


Thus far I have had the below testing, as of much research the Duo /antigen test is not available in Southern California- for whatever reason there seems to be a great preference here for a rapid blood draw test in combination with a NAAT RNA test with detectable limits down to 20 copies. Thankfully all of the belOw testing has been offered completely free of charge by our outstanding gay and lesbian health program.


7 days post PEP, 5 weeks post exposure:
Negative NAAT, Negative finger pric rapid test

3 weeks post PEP, 7 weeks post exposure:
Negative NAAT, Negative blood draw rapid test

6 weeks post PEP, 10 weeks post exposure
Negative blood draw rapid, NAAT results not yet available


I have been somewhat dismayed to say the least by the conflicting opinions of when definitive testing should occur. The doctors at the emergency room in Vegas (who seemed somewhat ill-informed about PEP) suggested testing halfway through PEP and upon completion for conclusive results. The HIV testing centers back at my home in LA follow the CDC recommendation for testing up to 6 months, while centers in Canada and the UK recommend 3 months after PEP completion. And don't even get me started on The Body, who seem to give a completely different and conflicting response at a whim.

My question to you is A.) on a scale of 1 to 10 how reliable is the testing that I have so far undergone.

B.) despite the CDC recommendation for testing to 6 months, is my 3-month post-pep test fully conclusive?

C.) can I breath easy with the 6-week test under my belt.


Thank you sincerely for your time, while I have been extremely stressed and somewhat irrational lately I hope that I have been nowhere as unreasonable and unwilling to listen to sound advice as some of the other unfortunate posts I have read in this forum in the past few days.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: How Easily Can I Breathe- Post-PEP testing
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 09:27:18 PM »
A negative result at 6 weeks after completing PEP is very reassuring. It means you are likely to test negative again at 3 months for a conclusive result. But do re-rest at 3 months to remove any doubts in your mind.

I expect you to come out of this ok.
Andy Velez

 


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