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Title: Am I infected
Post by: Jojojohnson on May 26, 2020, 12:15:45 am
Hi there,

I had sex with someone as the bottom 6 weeks ago, and the condom came off during. I think (but am not 100% sure) that he stopped immediately and pulled out. There was no ejaculation. I got on PEP 6 hours after the incident and didnít miss a dose. I didnít really experience any seroconversion symptoms apart from a lot of fatigue about 3 weeks into the PEP and some nausea etc.

Iíve been having sex with condoms since then but had one small slip up 4 days after finishing pep where I was inside her for around 10 seconds without a condom before I noticed. About a week after that she developed a non itchy rash on her face and neck. Iím extremely worried I might have passed on HIV to her.

In general Iím just extremely scared and wanted to know what you think and when the earliest I can get tested is.

Thanks
Title: Re: Am I infected
Post by: Jim Allen on May 26, 2020, 01:00:38 am
Hiya,

PEP is highly effective when started within 72 hours and if this was your only exposure and you finished the course of medication correctly, I suspect you will be fine.

However, just test to confirm this. Test with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test 6 weeks post-finishing PEP for a result, this result will rarely ever change. Generally retesting is not needed but, if you wish you can retest at 3 months post-finishing PEP for a conclusive result.

If you are testing with OTC tests at home then test at 3 months post-finishing PEP for a result.

Remember to also test for far easier to acquire STI's and, consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP. PrEP is a single pill containing two drugs that an HIV negative person takes as part of a routine to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV should they be sexually exposed.

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About a week after that she developed a non itchy rash on her face and neck.

it's not HIV specific and could be just about anything or nothing at all.

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I was inside her for around 10 seconds without a condom before I noticed

Well, that's a potential HIV exposure to you of course. Thankfully very short, however, a risk so test with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test 6 weeks post this exposure for a result, this result will rarely ever change. Generally retesting is not needed but if you wish you can retest at 3 months for a conclusive result.

If you are testing with OTC tests at home then test at 3 months post-exposure for a result.
 
Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Title: Re: Am I infected
Post by: Jojojohnson on May 26, 2020, 03:48:02 am
Thanks for the reply mate.

Do you know how often pep fails? Iím very sure it has for me just based on her rashes. I didnít get the HIV from her, but Iím worried Iíve passed it on to her.

Iím also getting night sweats at the moment - is that a symptom? Also, is a test 4 weeks after PEP not enough?
Title: Re: Am I infected
Post by: Jim Allen on May 26, 2020, 04:14:15 am
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I didnít get the HIV from her, but Iím worried Iíve p   :assed it on to her.

You keep her locked up 24/7 ??? Otherwise regardless of any previous testing etc it's an HIV risk.

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Do you know how often pep fails?

Very rarely when taken correctly. I could go into numbers but there are a lot of "but's" and details to it that are not very helpful.

Think of testing post PEP as simply confirming your negative status instead of thinking it's to confirm any issues.

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Also, is a test 4 weeks after PEP not enough?

4 weeks is a good indicator but repeat at 6 weeks for a result if it's a lab test.

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Iím also getting night sweats at the moment

Could be anything, it's not HIV specific.

Look see your doctor if you are feeling unwell and I hope you feel better soon.

In the meantime stop focusing on symptoms and thinking it's means anything regarding your HIV status , keep in mind that the most common initial HIV symptoms are none at all or at least not noticeable for the vast majority.

Just test when due, best of luck.

Jim

P.s sorry for any spelling issues, I'm typing this whilst on my morning walk.