Anonymous
Hi, i was had a possible high exposure about 2 months ago when a condom broke. I started PEP about 32 hours post exposure. I have a few questions. I have noticed a rash that resembles hives and about 5 sores that resemble exemia (dry skin, when i scratched it a little the skin fell off and left a sore. basically the skin peeled) showed up after my pep ended probably about 6 weeks after exposure. my skin is itchy a lot and I have heard these are all possible symptoms of contracting the virus.

1. My pep ended about a month ago when should i get tested?
2. Is the rash a sign i have contracted the virus?
3. Assuming it is hiv rash when will it stop itching?

Thanks
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Anonymous
Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline. It sounds like you are concerned about some symptoms you have been experiencing as well as when to be tested after your PEP treatment.

1. My pep ended about a month ago when should i get tested?

* Here at the AIDS Vancouver, we follow what has been recommended by the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS which is a follow-up test at 3 months post exposure, 3 months post PEP and 6 months post PEP.


2. Is the rash a sign i have contracted the virus?

* We currently do not attribute any symptoms to HIV, whereas HIV presents itself differently in different people. The rash that you have been experiencing could be indicative of other viral infections. I would recommend that you visit your healthcare provider and discuss a treatment plan for your rash.


3. Assuming it is hiv rash when will it stop itching?

* We do not diagnose symptoms on this forum. Visiting your healthcare provider, and following a treatment plan will help resolve your symptoms.



I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • CATIE - HIV Basics



  • Regards,

    Hilary

    AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
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