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Offline Loralei

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Need some objective advice
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:09:27 pm »
Hi,

Firstly, thank you for this forum and for the time you take to answer these questions.

My situation is as follows: I had unprotected receptive anal intercourse with a male sex worker of unknown HIV status.  He did not come inside me but there was precum and I did have some blood in my anus after.  This was a very stupid mistake something I`ve never done before as I always use a condom.

After 24hrs I got PEP (Truvada and Isentress) and took every single dose and completed the entire 28day course.  I had bad side effects, severe headache, fever, tiredness etc and this caused anxiety.  I am now 1 week post pep and have a dry cough and flu like symptoms.  I am now so scared that I am not sleeping and can barely function properly.  Am I infected :-( ?

Is it pointless to have another test so early after PEP?  When would I know if the PEP worked?  Any advice that could calm me down would be really appreciated.

Thanks,

Lor

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Re: Need some objective advice
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2019, 12:18:44 pm »
Hiya

Yeah PEP is highly effective and if what you posted is true and your only exposure then I fully expect when you do test, to test negative.  So relax!

Just test at 6 weeks post finishing PEP to confirm with an approved antibodies test, if you want a conclusive result than also test to confirm at 3 months post PEP.

As for the cough, I hope you feel better soon but simply see your doctor and treat it as you normally would.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.  Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV prevention going forward.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as safe in terms of HIV might still pose a risk for transmission of other far easier to acquire STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

Kind regards

Jim

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