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HIV risk and is PEP needed?

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: October 6, 2020 9:02 AM
Anonymous 10 months

I’m a circumcised male who had a non penetrative encounter with another male. During the episode, he ejaculated on my private and used the semen to masturbate me. Am I at the risk of infection and should I be administered PEP immediately?

Dr Sri Viknarajan 10 months
General Practitioner

Good afternoon and thank you for your question!

We appreciate that you made your queries to us eventhough it is a personal and sensitive question. We also would like to support you in anyway as you are trying your best to get best treatment for HIV.

Based on your statement, you had a non-penetrative encounter with another man whose HIV status is unknown and he then used his semen to further stimulate you at your private part.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is transmitted through bodily fluids that include blood, vaginal or rectal fluids, semen, breast milk but the virus does not spread through air or water or just a normal contact. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a lifelong problems and currently there is no absolute cure, although many doctors and others are working to find one.

Therefore, there is still a risk where his semen could have enter your body and HIV can be transmitted. For your information, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis works by stopping the virus from replicating after recent exposure. The cells originally infected with HIV will die naturally within a short period of time, reducing the likelihood for HIV to establish itself in the body.

From your complaints, I would recommend you to talk to a doctor at the hospital for post exposure prophylaxis if it is a high risk sexual activities because the status of HIV in the other partner is unknown. You would need to meet their criteria before starting the treatment and you’ll need to start it within 72 hours or sooner than that after being esposed.

The following answers regarding your current queries are just general descriptions. In order for you to know more in detail, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor.

Enjoy a beautiful moment with your loved one safely.

You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.

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Last Updated: Tue Oct 06 2020 09:02:05 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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