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Author Topic: Just started PEP, feeling a bit shit..  (Read 2413 times)

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Just started PEP, feeling a bit shit..
« on: February 24, 2011, 05:55:21 AM »
Hi. I recently had unprotected sex with a guy I just met. I don't know his status. I was on top. My doctor said the risk is probably low but PEP would make it even lower. I decided to do it and he prescribed Truvada. I started it about perhaps 14 hours after I had sex with the guy. 

For some background, I have bipolar disorder and take meds for that already. I have been on Truvada for two days. Yesterday I managed to get out of bed and go to my french class but was sweating, getting very hot and feeling quite tired in the class. Today.. My stomach feels queasy, like an ashtray really, even if I try not to smoke for a while, I feel very tired and not inclined to leave my bed really. My cognitive abilities feel a bit non-existent. Feel kind of dazed and forgetful. My mood isn't so great. Feel a bit hopeless and apathetic about nothing in particular.

Is this stuff all normal? Anything I can do to make myself feel better while I'm on these drugs? How long will I have to take it? Am I gonna feel like this for the duration?

Thanks in advance, aussie_boy107.

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Re: Just started PEP, feeling a bit shit..
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011, 06:41:20 AM »

PEP isn't normally prescribed for a top in a situation where the bottom's hiv status is unknown. I would fully expect you to test negative after a one-time incident of unprotected intercourse with or without PEP.

However, even though being a top is associated with a much lower risk of infection, it is not a no risk situation. You need to learn from this incident and start using condoms every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for all STIs together. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever. Remember that.

The side effects you are experiencing are amongst the most common associated with Truvada. You can read about Truvada here. If your nausea becomes severe and you find yourself throwing up, call the doctor who wrote your prescription. These side-effects should lessen soon, once your body becomes accustom to the meds.

Taking PEP will increase your window period by one month. You need to count your window period from the last day of PEP in order to obtain a conclusive result.

Good luck. I fully expect you to ultimately test negative.

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