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While attempting anal sex with a CSW (commercial sex worker), my condom broke, and for at least 10-20 seconds I was exposed to rectal fluids (although I couldn't/didn't penetrate very deep). I do not know the status of the CSW.

I am already on PeP (day 19 now). The medicine given to me is a combination of Efravirenz, Lamivudine and Tenfovir Disproxil Fumarate and I have been told to take it for 30 days (and not 28, as most guidelines suggest).

As per you:

1) is PEP warranted?
2) is my risk high,
3) Is the medicine right?
4) If I do a CMIA test while I am on PeP, will it be accurate?

Hoping that you will help me...thanks in advance


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replied February 14th, 2017
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Welcome to e health forum.

Your exposure is not like a experiment being done in a laboratory, which is usually in controlled environment where the components are usually calibrated well so as to have a proper desired result.

The exposure you had is like a accident in the laboratory, and the result would also be unpredictable. But it is certain that you have been exposed to some form of injury , in your case, possible infection.

If you think, you have had a exposure, all that can be done is to take steps to prevent the infection, hence your doctor has provided you post exposure prophylaxis. The therapy is being provided to you, as studies have shown PEP to be effective to reduce the risk of positive infections following exposures.

Hence it would be practical to continue them as directed by your doctor.

With regard to the testing, do the test after 12 weeks after the exposure, and a negative result will be conclusive.

I hope this helps.


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