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I am a gay male and had a risky (I think) exposure last night. Another male of unknown status tried to penetrate me without protection or lube. I am not a receptive partner normally, so therefore it didn't really work and he didn't get very far in at all - perhaps just the head of his penis went in. It wasn't for very long either as I stopped it from happening.
Of course, now I am a little worried that this was a potential exposure and obviously being the receptive partner there is more risk.
Should I start a course of PEP (it is now just under 24 hours from exposure), or do you think this wouldn't be necessary based on what happened.
Thanks for your reply. Do you think therefore that I shouldn't worry about this incident? Obviously I wanted to something right away if it was risky and I have two more days to begin the PEP treatment if it will be a good option for me. 6 weeks is a long time to wait!
Talk with your doctor about his recommendations and then you will have to see if your insurance company will pay for the 900-1200 medications for 28 days or you'll have to pay out of pocket depending on what medication that is recommended.
So I went to the doctor today and I got prescribed Truvada today for 28 days. He said it was a low to moderate risk, but I thought it would give me more piece of mind. My insurance seems to cover it - I had to pay a copay, but it wasn't too bad. I have read that PEP is normally a combination of drugs, so hoping that this one drug is ok.
Thanks for clarifying what Truvada is - Jessy30, a nurse I spoke to thought it would be a good choice to take it, which is why I did. I've done some research online and it does seem that my risk is not a high one, but I'm still struggling with the anxiety of waiting for window period to pass - it seems a long way ahead.
A quick question - if I was to stop taking the PEP medication - I've taken 2 days only so far, that will enable me to have a RNA test which is a good indication of status - and one I had last time I had a risk. Or is it already too late to stop the PEP. Thanks.
So I talked to the doctor, and he suggested I stay on nPEP as I am not getting any major side effects. He stated my risk was low to moderate, and therefore with the nPEP that is bringing my risk chances lower - would you agree with that.
Now I am struggling with anxiety and how to cope with waiting so long for the first time I can get tested. Are there any support groups on here that I could connect with? Thanks.
Quick question - I had protected anal sex two and a half weeks ago with a person who said he was negative. I penetrated him twice, for about a few minutes each, and each time was with a condom, and we put a new condom on for the second time. As far as I'm aware there was no breakage of the condom. I just wanted to check that this puts me at a low risk for acquiring HIV. Thanks.
So I just found out I have genital herpes, which I know means there is a greater risk of contracting HIV. I don't know who I caught if from, but if it was through oral sex with the guy I had protected anal sex with, could he have passed HIV on to me at the same time?
Another question - would early HIV symptoms include soreness in the lymph nodes in the groin, pain in the testicles and urethra? I've been having these for a while now and it's probably connected to herpes (although was tested negative for that). I will go and get an HIV test though to be sure. Thanks.
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