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Offline Nick_London

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PEP 10 days after exposure
« on: October 24, 2013, 04:17:49 PM »
Hi everyone,

I drunkenly had unprotected intercourse with a one night stand about 10 days ago like an idiot. I was active, and didn't cum in him,  but i noticed he seemed already quite lubed up and didn't think much of it at the time but now i'm worried he actually had someone else's semen in him (granted it could have been lubricant as well, i'm just not sure).

Everything i read says that after 3 days, there's no point, but somewhat interestingly a lot of the arguments about it are linked to the fact it's an expensive treatment and the chances of it working are low (after 3 days) so it's too much of a cost for the NHS rather than plainly saying there's absolutely no point.

A friend of mine is telling me to take the treatment anyway, nothing to lose as such.... (Obviously it would mean lying about the window of exposure...)

Reading around, I'm actually not finding much information saying that it would be useless, just that it needs to be taken within 72 hours.

I know it's a difficult treatment not to take lightly which seriously takes its toll... So I'm wondering what to do...

Any thoughts ?

Thanks in advance.


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Re: PEP 10 days after exposure
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2013, 04:43:37 PM »
Here is a useful link related to pep . You had a risk and can test at 6 weeks past any possible exposure and again at 3 months to conform the results .


Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple! Modify message
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Re: PEP 10 days after exposure
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2013, 05:30:59 PM »
Just to riterate what Moderator Jeff said, you have had a risk and need to test at the appropriate time.

It is far too late for PEP to be effective, as after 72 hours, HIV has had ample time to infect if it is going to do so. This is based on the lifespan of any individual virus as well as ability of the human immune system to locate, identify, and be infiltrated by HIV. PEP after 72 hours will have no impact other than MAYBE delaying antibody production and messing with test results.

After ten days you are either infected or not. What is left is for your body to produce an immune response (or not).

As the insertive partner, your risk is much lower than if you were the receptive partner. However, it is still a risk and you do need to test.

HIV is notoriously difficult to transmit even under ideal circumstances. So odds are good that you will come through this ok.

Were I you I would forget about PEP and busy yourself while you wait out the six weeks needed for a preliminary test.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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Re: PEP 10 days after exposure
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2013, 05:48:35 PM »
Thanks you both for your response, , I have all intentions of getting tested as soon as it makes sense to do so... and as I thought no point in a PEP treatment...


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