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What will happen if I took 1 Atripla after "no risk"needle exposure and then stopped it, because of side effects. I used Atripla 6 months ago as pep for a high risk needle exposure.(all 28 days- tested neg after 6 months) This time I only got pricked by a single used lancet after a patient pulled her hand away and the lancet poked me instead. Thank you for answering I'm scared the Atripla may give me HIV now.

Occupational exposure, eye

Hi there,

While assisting a HIV+ patient in his chair, he suddenly coughed at me while I was really close- I felt his breath/cough on my face and eyes. The patient does not have optimal oral conditions- with poor hygiene and open areas/sores in his oral mucosa. I am very concerned, is it possible that an amount of blood from his mouth may have gotten into my eyes (or nose / mouth) and I may get infected because of this? Should I get tested or should I have PEP treatment?

After PEP

Hi!, A test after 5 weeks and then 1 month later that I take PEP are trustworthy?. Thanks!

Help Required

I am 25 year old guy, I had exposure on 26 May 2016, I had my Penis for 30 Seconds in vagina of a sex worker, I pulled it out without ejaculating, I started Taking PEP on 28 May 2016 morning. after 20 days of starting PEP, I have devloped a Swollen lymph node in groin 2-3mm and there is rash on penis tip and my penis tip is sore and a white pale material is there with smell. Is it due to PEP or is it HIV symptom or any infection?

HIV Symptoms and NOT testing Positive


I had a lot of risk (gay, anal receptive, unprotected) in San Francisco about 21 months ago before getting sober from alcohol. Two months later, I came down with night sweats/fevers, sore throat, no energy, loss of appetite and had to go to half days at work for a few weeks. My doctor sent me to an oncologist thinking I may have leukemia. The oncologist thought it was HIV, but my doctor said I was testing negative. My oncologist did a bone marrow biopsy and found it to be negative for cancer. I tested just 3 months ago (blood test through my San Francisco doctor who works with patients who have HIV), and I tested negative again.

However, in the last 3 weeks the afternoon/night fever/sweats have returned and a slight sore throat. I was on Truvada (rarely) during the risk period 21 months ago before getting sober from alcohol. But since then, I have regularly taken my Truvada. Could this skew the test result?

Could this be HIV? Is it possible that I was infected and the blood tests don't show it because of the Truvada? A friend of mine said he got violently ill and did not test positive during that time. It took a year before he tested positive and he wasn't on Truvada.

Any thoughts?

Fingering after anal Sex

I'm 25 years old and I'm exploring my sexuality. My recent sexual encounter would be meeting a traveler in a hotel. We cuddled and made out. At the heat of the moment, I decided to try anal sex. He had a condom on and it was my first time to try it. It did hurt from start as he is trying to thrust in. After moments of trying, I decided to stop and in that instance he did spit on my anus and started fingering me till I came. He never did cum nor did I gave him an oral.

My question is, As i have mentioned above, is there a chance for hiv transmission?

Will the saliva on my anus somehow penetrate and enter the thin linings of the anus and started infecting?

Also, as he fingered my anus with bare fingers, is there a chance that if he had a cut on his finger and with blood on it while fingering me, it might have entered the linings of my anus and started infecting?

Should I get PEP treatment already?

THank you

HELP required

So here is my story! I'm 29 years old guy

I'm one of the healthiest person in the world. Before this could happen. I had an sexual encountered with CSW (vietnamese) on Dec 5th with protection. However , while doing second time(vaginal sex) , my condom broke and I wasn't aware of it. After sometime , female partner realized it and pulled out my penis.I was on the top and she was lying down. When she took out, my head was completely exposed. I thing it could be approx 1 to 2 minutes.But I'm certainly not sure. I asked her if she was safe, she said yes. Albeit, I asked her to come with me for HIV test. But she refused to come. So, I suspect she could be HIV positive.

During this time, I'm wasn't aware of PEP. So it took me sometime to access PEP.I was tested negative for all STI's and doctor prescribed PEP. I started taking it at 70 hour 40 minutes (tenofovir & isentress).
Tenofovir was prescribed to take once a day and isentress twice day with 12 hours interval.
Tablets was prescribed for 30 days.

I strictly followed as prescribed. But on 26th day by mistake I took Tenofovir twice. So, Tenofovir tablets happens to complete on 29th day.

1. Since I started PEP very late , will PEP fail?
2. Since I completed Tenofovir before 30 days, will they be any impact ?

After completion of PEP exactly 16th day,I suddenly developed shivering fever after my dinner. But in the early morning ,I was fine. But I believe I had mild temperature with cold and dry cough. And 3 days later, I notice my lymph node near neck was swollen. I also had a fatigue. Within a week I was fine but fatigue remains. One week later , i notice white spot in my tongue and 3 red spot in thighs & buttocks. White spot was so weird it more looked like geographical tongue. This was there till 12 weeks after completion of PEP. Now , my tongue looks normal.

At 12 week , again my right lymph node got swollen. 3 days later , my right lymph node got alright but left lymph node was swollen. At 13th week , my lymph node looks fine. Sometime , I burning sensation in my blood ,pain in my ribs, twerking in my legs, shoulder, numbness in the leg.

From Dr. Google, I had all possible symptoms that one HIV person could have.

When search all this symptoms in the internet, I completely convinced that I have HIV. I'm in highly stressed and anxiety. I'm not afraid of dying, it all about discrimination in the society.I'm happy to have cancer than HIV. By having HIV, I left my family down. Because of my mistake, my family members also have to face the discrimination. I don't have guts to say this news to anyone and I'm afraid to go for the test.

1.I know we cannot diagnosis over internet but, what is probability that I have HIV?
2.Now I'm at 13th week after completion of PEP and 18th week after exposure, when should I go for test?
3.Does, anyone have tested negative , in-spite of having all this symptoms?

needle pinch

Please I really need your help.. but before I just want to tell you that I have a major anxiety disorder and OCD and im on medicine for that.. (I am gay but im not out yet, and I have a major phobia of homosexuality and hiv).
I want to ask you I went to a gay sauna last night (place is very dirty and lots of drugs), I didn’t do anything with anyone. But while I was walking around it was very dark and you can bearly see, I felt a prick or pinch in my finger, could it be a needle that contains hiv blood in it ? this is so weird I know but I did feel something .
I read that hiv lives in the barrel(syringe) or if the needle is detached or broken it can live inside the needle itself. I could not see if there was blood or not since it was very dark. But the pinch was not very painful like I did not jump but I felt something in my finger. Is this possible ? or if you get pricked by a needle you should definitely feel it ?
Please please give me some help, should I go to the ER ? ask for PEP to be safe ?
Thanks for all your help I need it, and my doctor (psychiatrist ) is out of town for now and im very scared.

Protected sex with a female CSW, but with a *potential* tear in the condom

Two nights ago I had sex with a female CSW and we engaged in unprotected oral sex(which I understand is negligible risk) and two seperate occasions of protected vaginal sex.

During the second episode of vaginal sex, the heater in her room got me fatigued so I took a few minutes to cool down. When we started again I felt a cool sensation on the tip of my penis, she usually applies lube to her vagina, the condom, or both-- which she did as we started to have sex again. However it felt much cooler than I would expect to feel from outside of latex so I pulled out, near immediately.

The condom had no visible signs of breakage, in fact the reservoir tip was elongated (I always pinch the air out of the tip when I roll it down) We decided that since it had been a while since I put the condom on we might as well put a new one on, as to not wear this one out.

If it makes any difference I'm uncircumcised (very rare in the US, especially rare in Los Angeles where I live), but my foreskin retracts completely, and I always roll the condom on after pulling the skin all the way back. For all intents and purposes, I apply condoms the proper way.

I slipped the old one off-- while I didn't notice anything torn or unusual when pulling it off-- I also didn't check carefully and it was dark inside her bedroom.

Now in the sober light of day I'm terrified because I have never had a condom break on me, so I have no reference point for how it feels what so ever.

Other than the loss of my virginity nearly 10 years ago, I have always worn condoms with every sex partner I've had, whether it be a girlfriend, a one night stand, or a sex worker.

And I know that just because she is a sex worker doesn't mean that she has anything, but never the less I'm worried, as I know that she does have a lot of partners.

I'm upset with myself that I did not run the condom under the sink to check and make sure it passed the water test-- I figured I was being safe enough, switching during the uncertainty.

I can't stress the fact that I really don't know if there was a tear or not, if so it was not an obvious condom 'pop' like my friends have told me about.

I'm so worried I'm nauseous, I can't leave my apartment or think about anything else. I just keep thinking what a stupid way to contract such a horrible disease, and while I don't see sex workers habitually, it is something I do a couple times a year when I'm lonely, and actually I only go to the same girl. I'm don't think I can handle the risks involved anymore.

I guess I'm wondering how much my risk is increased (been too scared to google it-- that always makes anxiety worse) and if it would be appropriate to take PEP, or if that's over kill. I would also like to know how soon I can get an RNA test, I know that the window is 2 weeks, but I've been wondering if that's shrunk at all over the years? Like how 6 weeks is a pretty good indicator for the antibody test, would a week be a decent indicator for an RNA/NAAT test?

Again, I don't know if the condom broke, I just don't know. I wish I could tell you. All I know is something felt different, but not in that "oh god it just got better' obvious condom break way. At least from what I've been told.

Thank you for your help, what you do is incredibly commendable and I'm sorry for any excess information, I'm just quite scared.

HIV exposure and testing

I have an oral sex from Jan 15th 2016. My local doctor prescribed PrEP with "tenofovir disoproxil and emtricitabine". I completed the medication in Feb 11th 2016. 2 weeks later, I took the 4th generation test (combi test) and negative. I am going to take the test after 3 months on this weekend by rapid test as my local doctor's requirements. However, I am so worried and stressed that it turns into positive. Could you please help to advise my likelihood of negative status in this case?
Thanks so much,


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