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Hepatitis infection through pre-cum - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr AAAAAAA here.
Doctor :   how can I help you?
User :   hi, i have a sexual health question
Doctor :   please proceed with your health query
User :   i'm a gay male and last night had sex with another guy. Obviously we used preotection
User :   i noticed a bottle of pills in his kitchen and he said he suffers from depression
Doctor :   ok
User :   but the bottle was called copegus and i googled it and it seems to be some sort of antiviral - associated with hepatitis C, but i also found references to HIV
User :   i'm kind of newish to gay sex and while we did use protection i'm a bit concerned
Doctor :   yes, it is an antiviral medicine, called Ribavirin
Doctor :   it is used for a number of viral infection treatment
Doctor :   if you are worried about infection with Hepatitis B or C, then go ahead with taking POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS immediately
Doctor :   with teh vaccine and immunoglobulin together
Doctor :   it will help in reducing your chances of infection to about 80%
Doctor :   meet your doctor/healthcare provider and discuss about taking post exposure prophylaxis
User :   is there anything i should be worried about if condoms were used?
Doctor :   condoms do give protection, but pre-cum (lubrication fluid) can also contain the virus. it is better to take prophylaxis when you suspect infection
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