Scared After PEP.... Help!
Hello Dr's firstly Id like to congratulate on all the good you do... what a wonderful forum!
MY problem is.. I had a condom failure with a Filipino Sex worker in Singapore. I started PEP, Combivar and Kaletra around 15 hours later and Completed the course. When i got back to the uk I was told PEP would not have been strongly advised, as it was unknown if the female had HIV and the philipines has a very low rate of HIV even in CSW.
My baseline HIV test was negative, I was then tested for Chlamydia, Gon, Syphilis and HIV (4th Gen) at 24 days exposure all neg. On completion of PEP 30 days post exposure....I was retested for HIV using the DUO at a private clinic as the NHS aren't due to test me until 6 weeks post PEP. This was also Negative.
The symptoms I have had have been, loose stools ( I put this down to the PEP) I have also had to bouts of a few days of itchy skin, however Im hoping this is the medication or simple winter itch! I have never seem to had a fever or sever sore throat or whole body rash... ( I have had small patches of rashing come and go after say 30 mins max on my chest but I think they might be simple heat rashes or anxiety!!!
My main worry is I have a possibly 2 swollen nodes under my left ear by the Jaw line.... this came mid PEP, went and has returned again.... should I be worried about this????
In your honest opinion do you think there is a chance my post PEP negative could turn Positive? Baring in mind the negative DUO completion on of PEP, normal Liver function tests and lack of the negative results for the other STI's. I had a Multiplex HIV/HEP test done last thursday sent to TDL and I'm currently waiting on results (worried why its taking so long but im hoping its with the festive period).... hopefully you will be of the opinion this will most likely be negative!
Any help on the matter would be much appreciated!