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Author Topic: Side effects or symptoms?? _On pep (Truvada plus tivicay)  (Read 776 times)

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Side effects or symptoms?? _On pep (Truvada plus tivicay)
« on: February 07, 2019, 09:05:53 am »
I have this unprotected vaginal intercourse on 7th Jan 2019 and 62 hours after I am on Pep medication (30 pills of Truvada plus Tivicay). On the first week of my pep, I experieneced fatigue, diarrhea and dizziness. Things get well on the 2nd week but everyday after pill intake around noon I will still feel occasionally dizzy. However, on 3rd weeks until today I have been getting dizziness for whole day. This symptom been continued for a week. Is it the symptoms of acute infection? I am scared and I also taken a hiv combo test on 31 post exposure, 29 days on pep. The result came out is negative. Can I trust the result? Could it be the side effects of Pep came back at the end of my Pep course? Tomorrow is my last pills. I am really anxious and scare. I afraid that it is the hiv symptoms. Does anyone experience the same side effects like me at the end of the Pep course?

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Re: Side effects or symptoms?? _On pep (Truvada plus tivicay)
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2019, 12:20:38 pm »
Hiya

Most common initial HIV symptom is none at all.

Regarding the side effects, normally its mild at most and settles after a few weeks, work with you doctor if you continue to feel sick as it could be totally unrelated issues.

Look if this unprotected intercourse was you one time and you had no other  potential exposure than, I fully expect you to continue to test negative.
PEP is highly effective, just test to confirm that at 6 weeks post finishing PEP with an approved antibodies test and again at 3 months to confirm the result.

Also do make sure to test for far easier to acquire STI's whilst you are at it and going forward keep the below in mind


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 in the future as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other 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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Re: Side effects or symptoms?? _On pep (Truvada plus tivicay)
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2019, 09:23:19 pm »
Hi Jin,

Yea, this is my only exposure until now. I have been troubled with the side effects of PEP, especially dizziness hit me badly and I really not sure is it the side effects that could stay for so long, weeeeeks.

Also, I am a bit confused here. Please bear with me.
1) The hiv test to be taken is 6 weeks post exposure or post PEP?
2) Would the hiv combo test (lab test ELISA) on 31 days post exposure showing a good sign that i am negative? How accurate would this result be?
Please help me out.

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Re: Side effects or symptoms?? _On pep (Truvada plus tivicay)
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 01:56:49 am »
1. Test at 6 weeks post finishing PEP

2. Its a good indicator that you did not have HIV before this incident

Look all in all I fully expect you to continue to test negative, just do test to confirm that.

Jim

 
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Re: Side effects or symptoms?? _On pep (Truvada plus tivicay)
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2019, 05:08:23 am »
Hi Jim,

This is my 41 days post exposure, 10 days post pep. I have taken a 4th gen test, rna pcr test and viral load test. All the results came back negative. Are these result reliable/accurate?

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Re: Side effects or symptoms?? _On pep (Truvada plus tivicay)
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2019, 05:21:38 am »
Hiya

Look all in all PEP is so good I do not expect you to be HIV positive from this encounter, so relax already. The testing is just to confirm this nothing more really.

The antibodies test 10 days post PEP is a good indicator however requires follow-up testing.  Just test to confirm that at 6 weeks post finishing PEP with an approved antibodies test. This result will rarely ever change, test again at 3 months for a conclusive result if you must.

Oh and stop messing around with RNA tests, you don't need them

Jim
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