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Pep started 48hrs but having all ARS symptoms from day 1


From 16 days I'm struggling with fever between 98.3 - 99.5F, night sweating. Seems like I'm infected with HIV or other STD disease.
I used 1 condom for oral and vaginal with CSW, my bad as this was my first time and at the end it was loose.
After 2days I consulted a doctor and did complete blood work. He prescribed me to take Truvada 1tab and Raltegravir 2tabs daily as PEP safer side because of my anxiety.

Fever 98.3 - 99.5
Tounge taste changed
Exess Saliva
Night Sweating

Blood test results after 2 days of exposure :-
HSV 1 IGG AB HERPSELECT ---> 0.15 Negative
HSV 2 IGG AB HERPSELECT ---> 0.05 Negative
HSV 1/2 AB (IGM) W/RFL(S) --->Negative
HIV 1/2 AG/AB, 4th Gen RFL ---> Nonreactive

C. Trachomatiis RNA, TMA --> Not detected
N. Gonorrhoeae RNA, TMA --> Not Detected
RPR (Monitor) W/REFL Titer --> Nonreactive

I'm now waiting for my blood culture results. But do you guys think that PEP is working in my case?


Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission, symptoms you have been experiencing as well as the reliability of your PEP treatment.

First of all, Commercial Sex Trade Workers are no more likely than anyone else to be HIV positive. For this reason, on this forum we focus on the activities performed and not the individuals involved in the activities.

Protected Vaginal Intercourse is considered a Low Risk activity. This means that it can present a potential for HIV transmission because it can involve an exchange of body fluids. There have been a few reports of infection attributed to these activities (usually under certain identifiable conditions).

HIV presents itself differently in different people, therefore we cannot comment on the symptoms that you have been experiencing. HIV is not diagnosed based on symptoms. I would, however, recommend that you contact your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and develop a treatment plan. Symptoms can be indicative of other viral infections.

On this forum, we focus on HIV risk assessment, for more information about STIs I would encourage you to go to Smart Sex Resource's website.

I cannot tell you whether or not PEP is working for you. I am not a doctor and I have not examined you. Please read through this article for more information on the reliability of PEP:Can we prevent infection with HIV after an exposure? The world of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

This is what I would encourage you to focus on:

  • Successfully completing your PEP treatment.

  • Having another HIV test 3 months post your PEP competition when your result will be considered conclusive.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.


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