Quantcast

Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
August 27, 2014, 11:24:50 AM

Login with username, password and session length


Members
  • Total Members: 23332
  • Latest: ryant99
Stats
  • Total Posts: 636321
  • Total Topics: 48288
  • Online Today: 201
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online
Users: 6
Guests: 159
Total: 165

Welcome


Welcome to the POZ/AIDSmeds Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ/AIDSmeds community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Am I Infected

IMPORTANT UPDATE
Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ and AIDSmeds pages, including our "How is HIV Transmitted?" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" lessons, will remain accessible to all. 

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: Recently Raped  (Read 1720 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline UNSURE1234

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Recently Raped
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:36:42 PM »
Hi I need a few answers. I am female in a smaller urban area. I was recently anally raped. I was knocked unconscious so I have no way of knowing the horrible person or if a condom was used though i assume not. The rape crisis center said I had significant internal tearing. I was started on PEP at 58 hours. I have been taking it exactly as prescribed. I am a mess but I wanted just a few answers if anyone can help me please.

1.) Is fifty eight hours too late.. the doc said up to 72 hours but other places I saw 48. I didn't want to take it but he highly recommended it so I have been taking it exactly as he told me to.

2.) also he said to test at six weeks after the rape and then three months and then six months after the actual rape but on here it says after I finish PEP to start testing not before . I am so confused I just want some answers.

Thank you all  :-[

Offline Andy Velez

  • Global Moderator
  • Member
  • Posts: 24,584
Re: Recently Raped
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 03:13:40 PM »
I am very sorry to hear that you have been subjected to such a terrible experience. I hope you are getting some supportive counseling to deal with the emotional aftereffect of what happened.

You've done exactly the right thing by going on to PEP. As long as it was begun within 48-72 hours after the risk is what is important. PEP has a good track record of preventing transmission when begun within that time frame.

As far as when you can test, you have to count from the time when the 28 day regimen has been completed. So you can test initially at 6 weeks after the completion of PEP. If as we hope you test negative at that point, then it is likely you will continue to test negative at 3 months after the completion of PEP.

It is not necessary to test any further assuming you get a negative at 3 months. I would suggest you discuss with your doctor about getting tested for other STDs, as they are much easier to transmit than HIV.

Good luck to you in getting through this. Make sure you get that professional support. This is not an experience to go through dealing with it alone. 
Andy Velez

Offline UNSURE1234

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
Re: Recently Raped
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 03:39:42 PM »
Andy,

Thank you so much. My local rape crisis center has been a godsend and I have been tested and treated for all other STIs that I may have contracted so that is a weight off my shoulders. I have already enrolled in counseling. I dont want to let some beast ruin my life ...but I am still dealing with this and I am just taking it day by day. Needless to say after finding this site I didn't feel I got enough information on what PEP was and how it works from the doctor that treated me. I feel a little better know that I understand it thanks to this amazing site. I was just scared about the time frame but I am ok now. Thank you again for your kind words Andy.


Offline Andy Velez

  • Global Moderator
  • Member
  • Posts: 24,584
Re: Recently Raped
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 04:54:05 PM »
It sounds like you are doing everything that you ought to in terms of dealing with this awful experience. Hopefully you will come out of this ok as far as HIV is concerned.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Best of luck.
Andy Velez

Offline UNSURE1234

  • member
  • Member
  • Posts: 3
RAPE POST PEP TESTING
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2013, 11:20:58 PM »
RAPE POST PEP TESTING 
   
 I was recently raped and I have a question about testing. I was placed on pep at 58 hours and completed it. I was told to test 4-6 weeks after finishing pep and then at three months post pep. I went for my first post pep test at 45 days after finishing pep and 10 weeks after the rape and the doctor tested me with an oral swab and not a blood test. It was negative. I was told this was a good indication of my status. My question to an expert out there would be should I ask for a blood test at my three month test ? My doctor stated that the oral swab test was highly accurate and at three months post pep was conclusive. He said he would give me a blood test but it is expensive and he didn't think it was necessary if i continued to test negative with the swab test. I just want to make sure this is the case. After reading through the message boards I just don't know what to think and want to have all the information possible. Does anyone have any advice? 

Offline Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 11,343
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: Recently Raped
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013, 11:40:40 PM »
I have merged your threads into one , please do not start another thread and if you have trouble finding your thread go to your profile and select show own post and it will take you to your there .

Your doctor is correct , the oraquick test is reliable and you can count on that your 3 month conclusive test is accurate when the time comes to take it . Best of luck to you . 

Offline jkinatl2

  • Member
  • Posts: 6,007
  • Doo. Dah. Dipp-ity.
Re: Recently Raped
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2013, 02:01:13 AM »
If it gives you peace of mind, please ask for a blood test at three months. Oral tests are great, and if they err, they tend to err on the side of sensitivity (false positives) rather than specificity (false negatives.)

However, I understand that this means a great deal to you, and though it might take a few days to get your results, having that extra certainty might be of real use to you.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

Welcome Thread

Offline jkinatl2

  • Member
  • Posts: 6,007
  • Doo. Dah. Dipp-ity.
Re: Recently Raped
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2013, 02:33:18 AM »
sorry 2 hear , , thats terrible news

Hey AustralianMale!

I think it's grand that you can show support for someone in their time of need, but we really do insist that all folks stay on their  own thread and not give advice (or yes, even support) to others in this forum. Otherwise you can NOT imagine the cleanup work we would have to do here. This place would be a circus (and not the good kind of circus) if we didn't have these rules, which I know seem Draconian but are here for clarity.

Our hearts go out to anyone who is the victim of sexual assault, and we really want to give them the best possible space (and the best possible information.)

I removed your message so that you would still have one remaining free post. I did this because I am allowed to, and I have a soft spot in my heart for people with empathy.

I really appreciate your understanding.

« Last Edit: May 01, 2013, 02:37:54 AM by jkinatl2 »
"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

Welcome Thread

 


Terms of Membership for these forums
 

© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.