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Author Topic: Unprotected exposure, considering stopping PEP because of side-effects  (Read 577 times)

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Offline diogenes

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Hello everyone,

Before I begin I'll give a quick context. I'm currently an expat in Indonesia (a very high HIV infected country) and on top of that I am in a city which ranks the highest affected among my age demographic.

I was having proper, protected sex with a sex worker when the condom burst. She had been giving me oral sex with my condom on and I realized it must've been her braces that must've given the condom microcuts, till it burst when I was inside her vagina. It burst after ~5secs of unprotected exposure (condom was fully gone down to the base), I pulled out and used a (not so)wet wipe to clean a bit and I then put on a new condom before we resumed. Later continued with unprotected oral but I hope that doesn't factor in.

The thing is, because of the tropical weather, all new to me and what not, after a few weeks of staying here, the whole skin off the shaft of my penis had already peeled off. Also my foreskin has had terrible rashes and irritations which I had been treating. All this was not related to any STD as my doctor reassured me. But after what happened with the sex worker, I got afraid that my chances of contracting HIV (if she was infected) now increased. So within around 20hrs I got hold of an HIV support group who were a god send and they assisted me in procuring some PEP.

Today is day 10 on the PEP and I am having unending diarrhea, dizziness etc. Now, I'm starting to have a lot of rashes (hives) all over my palm and on the arms. It is getting difficult to cope with the meds.

What should I do? It is difficult to think clearly since I am biased towards fear: nothing in Indonesia has given me confidence. The statistics aside, I believe she was not well educated in safe sex. Also my not so healthy penis. And finally, the country has zero use of PrEP as of yet (gov is still weighting that option is what I heard, I don't know what there is to weigh either). Thankfully they did have PEP, but I have to go every 10 days to stock up, they need to import from India is what was told to me at the hospital. I did not realise PEP was gonna be this difficult.

So, what should I do? I need some informed advice, since I am nowhere near as informed about the special cases and all that.

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Hiya,

The broken condom incident, the skin conditions etc don't make any difference.
It's only a brief exposure, although, still an HIV risk.

PEP is highly effective and considering this and that you only had a brief exposure I would fully expect a negative HIV result when you do test unless you have had other exposures.

As you have already started PEP contuine the cource for 28 days, then test at 6 weeks post-finishing PEP with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test, a negative result at that time will rarely ever change, although, you can test for a definite result at 3 months post-finishing PEP if you wish.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward

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.

Kind regards

Jim

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Offline diogenes

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Hey Jim,

Thanks a bunch for the helpful reply.

The PEP is getting really hard to cope with though. Since I've begun, for 10 days now, I've had constant diarrhea. On top of that, my arms are now developing hive rashes, like small spots. I already have them on my palm but yea, its as if its spreading to the arms now. Is it something I should be worried about? Or is it an expected side-effect of the antiretroviral meds, and should go away after a while?

I hope this allergic rash over the arms doesn't get severe. Its already rather noticeable though.

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Hiya,

If the rash is related to the HIV meds it could be a sign of a serious problem. However, it could also be unrelated, either way, the best thing to do is to see your doctor.   

Best, Jim
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Offline diogenes

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Hey Jim,

How do you mean it is a serious problem if related to the HIV meds? Does it mean seroconversion due to the drugs failing or do you mean allergic reaction to the meds in general? I am trying to get hold of the doctors but its difficult here. I can only go on Sunday and even that is hopeful. I need to contact the support group to ask for their help again (Im sure they will though, they have been amazingly helpful).

Basically the rashes started 2 days ago hence I got extra worried. I had no instance of rash before that so i thought my body was taking the PEP well until 2 days ago. Im not sure about anything anymore.

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Hiya,

Look I do hope you feel better soon, but, a rash could be just about everything or nothing at all.

The thing is a rash and HIV meds is it could also be a sign of something more serious as an example hypersensitivity. The best thing to do regardless of the cause is to see your doctor as they can assess the rash and provide you with medical care, I can't.

Again, I do hope you start feeling better soon.


What are serious rash-related conditions?
https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/understanding-hiv-aids/fact-sheets/22/60/hiv-and-rash

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A rash can be a sign of a hypersensitivity reaction. A hypersensitivity reaction is a potentially serious allergic reaction to a medicine. In addition to a rash, signs of a hypersensitivity reaction can include difficulty breathing, dizziness, or lightheadedness. A severe hypersensitivity reaction can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is a rare but life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction reported with the use of some HIV medicines. People taking HIV medicines need to know about this condition. It rarely occurs, but when it does, it can cause death.

Symptoms of SJS include fever, flu-like symptoms, rash, and painful blisters that may spread throughout the body.

If you have symptoms of SJS, get medical help immediately. SJS can be life-threatening.
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
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HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

 


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