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Offline millerl10

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Advice and a couple of questions
« on: February 12, 2011, 03:00:31 AM »
I Met a girl in a Thai bar later that night she came back with me to my hotel and we had protected ssex however at some stage the condom broke I have been racking my brain to try and figure out how long could of been 2 - 5 minutes hard to say I only noticed when I withdrew.

I was unaware she was a sex worker ( of some form ?? ) until after the fact when she asked for money.. This naturally concerned me as it all seemed a little bit of a grey area also stupidly I didn't get her number to get her tested. I did a bit of research and decided to visit one of the international hospitals here in Bangkok, where a doctor prescribed me Combid 300 Pep and I started 36 hours PE I have to say after 2 days it doesn't half knock you about.

I do have a couple of questions.

1.I plan on going to see my GP when I arrive home is this the best course of action in Australia does anyone know ? Or should I go to a sexual health centre ?

2. Should I get tested for other STI's while on PEP ? I understand the testing windows post Prep so HIV probably not for a couple of months

3. Is taking these drugs the right course of action for my case ? I started 36 hours Post Exposure this appears to be ok, without a doubt it was a risk in my opinion and why take the chance. I think I have done the right thing..

4. Also here in thailand I got no informational booklet at all just bag with the meds and told to take one after breakfast and one after dinner. I am struggling to find information on Combid 300 and seeing as they aint asprin I would like to get hold of a fact sheet.

Am I over-reacting ? Maybe.. Don't know.

Any advice would be appreciated :)

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Re: Advice and a couple of questions
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2011, 03:46:42 AM »

You don't need PEP following a one-time condom break during insertive vaginal intercourse. PEP guidelines do not indicate the need in such a circumstance.

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus and more so from a woman to a man.  I've yet to see a man end up positive over a condom break during insertive intercourse and I do not expect you to be the first.

However, you are much more likely to have been infected with one of the other more easily transmitted STIs, some of which will not always produce symptoms. You would be wise to have a full panel of STI testing done ten days to two weeks following the incident, or sooner if symptoms occur.

Combid, made by Cipla, is the generic equivalent to Combivir. You can read about the two meds in Combid by having a look through our meds info page.

I'm not sure which would be best as far as where to test in Australia. I'm in the UK. However, Matty, who you have likely seen in this forum, is from Australia and he will know. He'll be around sooner or later to address this for you.

Why ruin your holiday by taking a powerful med you don't need? I fully expect you to test negative, PEP or no PEP.

Also, please read through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use them correctly. A correctly used condom rarely breaks.

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Re: Advice and a couple of questions
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2011, 04:16:07 AM »
Hi Miller,

I agree with Ann about the PEP, it's not warranted in your case. Also I agree that your chances of contracting HIV from this encounter is very unlikely.

But you need to be tested nonetheless.

My advice is that you seek assistance at a Sexual Health Service rather than your GP. An SHS is totally free and confidential. No need to present your Medicare details or any of that guff. Moreover, you will be seen by clinicians who specialise in these things.

If you need assistance locating an SHS, please post general details about your location in Oz, eg you live in Melbourne or rural Queensland etc and I'll help you track down an appropriate service.


Offline millerl10

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Re: Advice and a couple of questions
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2011, 04:37:22 AM »
Thankyou both for your great replies. I shall get myself there first thing Monday morning


I live in Melbourne but work in Bendigo in regional Victoria I would assume there would be one there maybe ??



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Re: Advice and a couple of questions
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2011, 06:05:13 AM »
Thankyou both for your great replies. I shall get myself there first thing Monday morning


I live in Melbourne but work in Bendigo in regional Victoria I would assume there would be one there maybe ??



Hi Liam,

You have two options. If you elect to seek screening in Melbourne I recommend you contact Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC).

Just click the red link above to go to the MSHC website and follow the links to their contact page.

If you'd be more comfortable approaching a service in Bendigo then you can choose between two services:

Eaglehawk Clinic
Seymour Street,
Eaglehawk 3556
Tel: 03 5434 4300


Primary Care Clinic
123 Arnold Street
Bendigo 3556
Tel: 03 5441 8622

You'll know which is best for you.

Take care,



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