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« on: October 14, 2012, 02:28:02 PM »
hi
I'm a gay male 26 years old from the UK, 4 weeks ago i went out, had a bit too much to drink and had brief unprotected anal sex with another man. i topped, but only inserted part of my penis in him for around 5 Min's if that, lots of lube was used and there was no blood present, i also fingered him and received oral. I was just wondering what the risks are of acquiring HIV from this? I also started PEP around 40 hours post exposure, which i finish on Monday. I was told at the gum clinic that test results are 95% accurate at 5 weeks by one nurse as the test now test for the virus itself and i have to wait 3 months after finishing the pep by another nurse which is correct? Do i need to worry?
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2012, 05:05:49 PM »
From what you described, this was a low-risk situation even without PEP - but having taken those meds, I highly doubt there's a possibility you will seroconvert. A test in six weeks past your last dose of PEP will be a terrific indicator, and of course a test three months/12 weeks past your last dose of PEP is considered definitive.

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Re: worried
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2012, 06:12:05 AM »
Thanks a lot, that has put my mind at ease. Just to confirm, the PEP is only 28 days? its just i was given 30 days worth of tablets?

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Re: worried
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2012, 06:36:18 AM »
Richie,

Yes, PEP is taken for 28 days. However, as the meds are packaged with hiv positive people in mind, they come in bottles of 30 pills. You can either continue on for the two additional days (unnecessary), or you can see if there's a local hiv/aids organisation who takes unused meds, although I doubt they'd take two days worth. Or you can return the unused meds to the pharmacy where you got them and they will dispose of them for you.

I suggest you keep the empty bottles on your bedside table to remind you to stop barebacking.

I agree with Jonathan - you were unlikely to end up positive following a brief unprotected incident as a top, with or without PEP. Just don't tempt fate and keep doing it. You need to be using condoms every time, no exceptions. I don't want to see you in Just Tested sometime down the line because you continued to bareback.

The nurse who told you "the test now test for the virus itself" is wrong. I also live in the UK and the type of test the nurse is talking about is not used for diagnostic purposes in a case like yours. It's far too expensive and prone to false positive results.

You only need antibody testing at the appropriate time, which is six weeks following PEP and if that is negative (yours will be), it must be confirmed at the three month point.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

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