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How successful is HIV post exposure prophylaxis?

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Answered by

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At August 7, 2017
Reviewed AtApril 16, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have done some stupid things in my life. I had safe sex, but with many different girls. There was never a condom fail and each time I used a new condom. When I did it with the fourth girl, I noticed that the condom tip was broken. After that, I took PEP. On the 26th day post exposure, I had sex twice with another girl both times with protection and on the 30th day of PEP, my DNA PCR was not detectable. After 26 days, I again tested for HIV with RNA PCR and my result was not detectable. Again, I had sex with a girl twice. The exposure lasted only for a minute and soon I ejaculated inside a condom. Now, I am taking PEP. Please let me know what are the chances of me getting an HIV infection.

Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concerns.

  • In my opinion, the chances of you getting an HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection is 0.001 % or less. I am glad to note that you have used a condom every single time and took all possible precautions. In fact, you exceeded the required protection protocol.
  • Despite the low risk, I suggest you limit your sexual encounters with different girls. I understand that by nature, men are polygamous. But in the era of serious STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), it is important to have a faithful and regular partner as it will ensure a fewer chance of HIV or other STDs.

I hope this helps you. Feel free to write back to me if you have more questions. Thanks and regards.

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Dr. Ashok Kumar
Dr. Ashok Kumar


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