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Question

Can I stop HIV meds during morning sickness if they make me sick?

Hi

I am 12 weeks pregnant and I have been taking my pills since 2018. Recently though, when I take them at night, I have morning sicknesses that last for three days.

I stopped taking them and didn’t have had any vomiting issues but when I take them again then its back to square one and being sick again.

Is this a serious issue? I am panicking.

Answer

Thanks for writing with this question. I am sorry you are having a difficult time with morning sickness.

This is an important issue – and easily important enough to talk to your doctor about as soon as you can.

Also, panicking is not good – we will find a good solution. Missing for a day or two will have been okay – and helped you to know that the meds are related.

Your doctor might be able to change you HIV treatment so this is easier. This would be the best option. Or to closely monitor everything until the time for morning sickness is over.

It is important to be on treatment throughout your pregnancy. However, morning sickness usually finishes by weeks 12 or 16 so you might already be through the most difficult part.

6 comments

  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Abu,

    If the woman who you had sex with is on medication and her viral load is undetectable, there’s no risk. Please see here: https://i-base.info/u-equals-u/ What this means is that you won’t need to take PEP.

  2. Abu

    As i explain to these website what happen me.doctor give me pep,the name of medicine is Acriptega (LTD).i explain to the lab man but his insisted to me to take pep.i think this man insist i should take pep because him want to collect my money.I have sex with her condon broke i withdrawn without ejaculation, I told him the girl was in hiv treatment more than two years.can i stop take pep i take it more than 7days now.

  3. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Abu,

    As long as the person who you had sex with has an undetectable viral load, there’s no risk. Please see here: https://i-base.info/u-equals-u/

  4. Abu

    Good morning i-base management. I need these website to do me a favor.I have sex with hiv positive woman who was in hiv treatment more than two years.The condom broke i withdrawn from her without ejaculation,is there any risk for hiv transmitted.

  5. Simon Collins

    Hi Eliouse, thanks, it is best to continue if this is possible. If the problem is really too difficult, the doctor can talk about options until the period of morning sickness is over.

  6. Eliouse

    Hi there I have the same issue but I’m still taking my pills.

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