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Offline AnonymousGS

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PEP questions
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:57:01 AM »
Hello & thank you so much for having a board like this. I have questions about the PEP I'm taking and I don't feel like I have a doctor I can ask.  I know the information is definitely out there, so please accept my apologies in advance--I just feel so scatterbrained right now I can't think straight.

I was assaulted by a stranger early Saturday morning, and I went to the ER late Saturday night and got my first dose of truvada (& other std prophylaxis). I just wasn't thinking straight & didn't want to really talk about it to the ER Dr. He gave me the PEP dose and prescription reluctantly, really emphasizing how toxic it was & that it probably wasn't necessary.  He was really nice, I was just too embarrassed to say what happened & made it sound like I had unprotected sex w someone I was seeing or something.  What happened was high-risk, I only wish I were flipping out about saliva or urine in a toilet or some of the things I've seen on here, not to make fun of anybody, just saying.

I tried to follow up w. my GP on Monday to get any instructions on taking this, but I just couldn't tell him what happened & told him I accidentally touched a needle in a trashcan; his feeling was taking the PEP wasn't worth the risk, so I didn't get any information from him. On websites it seems like *every* medication interacts with truvada; I get that it's hard on your liver. Can you tell me anything I should really know, and what kind of painkiller & sleeping pill I can have? People who take truvada long-term sometimes take other meds, right?  I actually can't ask on a sex assault forum; I waited more than a day to even see posts on two SA boards, and they're all "Absolutely NO discussion of medicine or medical advice!"  Really.  I don't feel like I could call someone without crying. TY so much for anything you can tell me.

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Re: PEP questions
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011, 10:13:38 AM »
Before making any further comment, you need to be specific about what a "high risk assault" entailed?

Are you male or female? Was intercourse involved?
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Offline AnonymousGS

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Re: PEP questions
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2011, 10:19:00 AM »
I'm female & yes.  Thank you so much for answering.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: PEP questions
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2011, 10:20:53 AM »
Was unrprotected intercourse involved? Are you still taking PEP now?
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Offline AnonymousGS

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Re: PEP questions
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2011, 10:29:54 AM »
Yes there was and yes I am. I took 1 pill at the ER & got a 30 day prescription filled.

Offline AnonymousGS

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Re: PEP questions
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2011, 10:31:13 AM »
This person raped me anally, I dont know why I didn't just write that, I know it's anonymous.

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Re: PEP questions
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2011, 10:49:53 AM »

Sorry to hear about the assault.

The med that you are on is actually two meds together; tenofovir DF and emtricitabine. You can read more about them in the Treatments section of this website.

You can also check for any interactions with other meds on the hiv-drug-interactions website. You will have to know the generic name of any med you want to check - you can find the generic names by googling the trade name.

Good luck with the meds. You should be fine - it's only for 28 days and you can do it. I would strongly suggest you get in contact with Rape Crisis or another source of counselling. Being raped - even if it was date rape - is nothing to be ashamed about. Don't buy into the idea of "you had it coming". Rape is a crime of power and violence, not sex. You have nothing to be ashamed about - but your rapist sure does.

Hang in there.

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