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Problems with my bf positive.
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:12:05 AM »
Hi I come here to need clarification on my issue. I live with my bf who is positive hiv. Yesterday, he shaved by his straight razor and got cut then. He sent me the razor in order to cure his wound before. WHEN I RECEIVED HIS RAZOR,I WAS ACCIDENTALLY CUT BY ITS BLADE ON MY FINGER. It was just 30seconds after he got cut. I was not sure if there were his bloods on it. Just 30sec I thought hiv was not damaged by air. It's like the blood in iv because the blood doesn't expose to the air(for a long time.) and positive blood can goes and penetrates to the broken skin?

He was afraid I might be infected because he didn't start any medicines. In this situation am I risk? And what should I do experts? We went to the doctor and he says it's risk, he gave me Truvada+EFV as nPep. Side effect makes me terrible; I have an idea to stop taking the meds. On the internet, different information makes me confused. Help me. Should I continue taking meds if it's risk. I don't know what doctor said is incorrect or not.
Thank you :-)

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Re: Problems with my bf positive.
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2013, 12:51:31 AM »
HIV is fragile and easily damaged rendering it unable to infect when exposed to oxygen . In order for a HIV infection to occur blood that hasn't been exposed to oxygen such as blood in an IV or syringe got directly injected into the body . That is clearly not the situation you described . A shaving razor is also exposed to water and other substances that would further degrade the virus .

You didn't have a risk in the situation you described but its up to you if you want to continue with PEP for peace of mind . 
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Offline whitemiki

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Re: Problems with my bf positive.
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2013, 01:16:54 AM »
No jeff it doesn't touch water at all. He cuts and sends it to me and it cuts me within second.

If it touches water I will not be anxious. Hiv exposes to the air within seconds is still active?? I don't know it can penetrate broken skin to bloodstream or not.

Can I stop taking meds? The side effect makes me terrible.

Thanks a million

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Re: Problems with my bf positive.
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2013, 01:45:51 AM »
Reread Jeff's reply.

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Re: Problems with my bf positive.
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2013, 03:17:39 AM »
Is it safe for me to stop taking nPep? Or there's a little risk that I shouldn't stop.

This is my last reply and I will not bother you *sob* Please help me with this question and confusion.

Thank you.

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Re: Problems with my bf positive.
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2013, 03:43:15 AM »
I personally would not think of prescribing nPEP for the situation you describe. The one and only even tangential case where such an event was described came in the infancy of the pandemic and was not ever, ever duplicated.

If you need to test at three months (three months post your PEP) then by all means. But I would think it would be for peace of mind rather than to make a footnote in the significantly dense history of HIV reporting.

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