Anonymous
I had unprotected vaginal intercourse 5weeks ago. 5days post exposure, I start a late PEP(just to try to put all the odds on my side) and I know it's 95% sure that if the girl is hiv+ the PEP won't work because I started it late!!!From the day I started the PEP meaning 5days post exposure, I had nausea, dizziness, diarrhoea, stiff neck(lasted 6days) and a fever(rectum: 37.6max) which last for 2days. After 2weeks the diarrhoea once per day and the sore throat were back. The diarrhoea stopped itself after a week but I took some antibiotics for the sore throat and it was fine with in 3days!!!Now at 4days before the end of PEP I have a fever(rectum:37.6) which start 6days ago and is on and off in the day and only the left lymph node is swollen(started before the incident). No rash anywhere until now!!!1)Is it possible to have ARS during PEP or it normally starts after the failure of the PEP? 2)Can antibiotics cure a ars sore throat? 3)What do u think about the fever?Thank you
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Anonymous
Hello there and thank you for using AIDS Vancouver as your source of information about HIV/AIDS.

There are some things you should be aware of with regards to the PEP treatment. It is very common for individuals who have undergone PEP treatment to experience all of the symptoms you have described (e.g. rash, dizziness, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes) . In fact, every recipient of PEP treatment does experience these symptoms. There are no clinically defined symptoms of HIV, and this is why: some HIV positive individuals experience a strong, flu like illness 4-6 weeks post-exposure that disappears within 8-10 days. However, many HIV positive individuals do not suffer any symptoms at all. The only sure way to find out if you have contracted HIV is to get tested.
Lastly, it is not possible to develop ARS during PEP treatment, and this is the reason why: PEP includes HIV testing on a weekly basis and if any of those tests were positive, PEP would have been immediately discontinued.
Antibiotics can cure a sore throat, but in your case it is not due to ARS, as explained above.

I hope to have answered your questions sufficiently, please feel free to visit http://www.aidsvancouver.org or write back if you have any further inquiries.

Marta, AIDS Vancouver Volunteer.
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