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PEP crazy
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:28:42 PM »
Here is my story, I am a young gay bottom living in sub saharan africa (highest HIV rates in the world).

I have a PEP question, but I think it is best to tell my story, so you can understand me better.

I have had penetrative receptive sex(including oral) with 3 men in my life. I have always used a condom,  except for one time with receptive oral (no ejaculation)but as the paranoid freak I am, after every sexual encounter (including the oral), I always go on PEP( always was combivir). I feel like this comes from my religious background which make me feel like the devil is out to get me and I fell shameful and scared.

Yesterday, I had receptive sex with guy number 4. we started with foreplay, a little frontage and then he put on a condom and penetrated me. It lasted at most for a minute then i pushed him out because it was painful/ i wasn't feeling it. The condom looked intact and he didn't ejaculate, he confirmed that the condom was 'ok' in his words, but I don't trust anybody, and he was playing with the condom/his penis before the penetration.

Paranoia hitting again, I went to the ER and got a 3 day atripla prescription, awaiting the results of my hiv elisa test and hep B test( last time i tested was negative for both), but a new test had to be done (for PEP purposes). I haven't taken the atripla yet because I heard terrible things about the side effects of this drug.

And I finally feel like I am getting to the point, where I can accept my self and have protected sex without the need for PEP, or fear of HIV.

Please answer two questions:

What chances do you think I will test positive when I get my HIV test results tomorrow?

Do you think PEP is warranted for this 'exposure'. I don't what to take atripla, but a part of me has many what ifs, ie what if this time i don't take PEP and actually get infected. What risk do you think I have.

Please help me, I plan to take atripla if my hep B results come back positive.


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Re: PEP crazy
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 04:07:10 PM »
Gren,

CRAZY is right. You have never had a risk for hiv infection and you have never needed to take PEP to prevent something for which you have NOT been at risk.

Protected intercourse is just that, and oral isn't a real risk. Condoms have been proven to prevent hiv infection. There have been three long-term studies of couples where one is positive and one is negative. In the couples who used condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, but no barrier for oral activities, not one of the negative partners became infected with hiv. Not one.

Stop taking meds you do not need. You do NOT need PEP this time nor did you need it the other times. What a pity some people in your country cannot afford those meds when they are actually poz and NEED them, and there you are taking them for no good reason. It beggars belief.

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.

ALTHOUGH YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE PEP OR EVEN TEST FOR HIV SPECIFICALLY FOLLOWING ORAL SEX OR PROTECTED INTERCOURSE , 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!

Ann
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