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Offline odontome

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« on: December 17, 2020, 06:56:56 am »

I'm a 31year old male, i have been dating this lady since july i think. she was seronegative according to a test done in August. Despite this, we have been having protected sex till 6th of November (Friday), around 22:00hrs when we had the first unprotected sex, same thing Saturday morning and Sunday morning. Later on Sunday, towards evening, we decided to have a test, which turned out to be positive for her. I started pep, TDF/3TC/DTG immediately, still within 48hrs i think (before Sunday night). Some weeks after I started pep, experienced muscle aches, tingling sensations in fingers and toes, serious neck pain, and fever during the course of the medications,,,,,,,,,,...i'm loosing my mind, although I'm done with the medications.
I'm really scared because of those multiple exposures within that short period of time, and I'm not even sure I started on time.

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2020, 07:34:52 am »
Hiya,

Understand the potential HIV exposure was condomless intercourse and you started PEP.

As the insertive partner, it would be less risky than being the receiving partner, its still a risk, but less so. PEP is highly effective when started within 72 hours and, I suspect if these 3 incidents were your only exposures and you finished the course of medication correctly, you will be fine.

Just test to confirm this. Test with a blood-drawn HIV antibodies test 6 weeks post-finishing PEP for a result. This result will rarely ever change. If you wish for peace of mind, you repeat it at 3 months post-finishing PEP for a conclusive result.

In the meantime, try not to focus on this and live your life.

Few observations from reading your post, remember that with new partners testing together is a nice concept. However, it does not mean someone is HIV negative or will remain HIV negative in the future and, Condomless intercourse, in short, is always accepting greater STI risks with an obvious HIV risk.

As for the Lady Living with HIV. If you are still dating, then you should know that with treatment, they will be able to live a long and healthy life. Another benefit is once starting treatment and archiving an undetectable viral load* in their blood for at least 6 months, they can not sexually pass on HIV even if you do engage in condomless intercourse.

This is known as TaSP (Treat as prevention) or Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=71864.0

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 health care provider about taking PrEP in the future as an additional layer of HIV protection.

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. Please do get tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and 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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Re: HELP
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2020, 03:09:14 pm »
Thank you Jim. This platform is really helpful as I have gone through hundred of posts here. Will try not to focus on this though it's gon be hard.

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Re: HELP
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2020, 05:27:59 pm »
You're welcome.
HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

 


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