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What will happen to me if my boyfriend is taking Acriptega and I don’t?

What will happen to me if my boyfriend is taking Acriptega and I don’t?


Hi, how are you doing?

Are you HIV positive or negative?

If you are positive, why are you not wanting to take ARVs? If you are not taking treatment and have sex with your boyfriend, there is no risk of resistance for your boyfriend to this medication. Though your own HIV will not be treated.

If you are HIV negative and your boyfriend is taking Acriptega, this means that risk of transmission can be reduced and ultimately prevented. When viral load is suppressed by medication to below 200, HIV cannot be transmitted by sex. This is explained by U=U.



  1. Josh Peasegood

    Hi Simo, yes this is possible. Why are you not on treatment? and do you know your viral load/CD4 count? HIV transmission is not guaranteed though not being on treatment will increase the risk of transmission.

    This is further explained here: https://i-base.info/guides/testing/risks-for-transmission

  2. Simo

    Hi I am HIV positive but not on a treatment and my wife says she is negetive, is that possible?

  3. Josh Peasegood

    Hi Keenen, please see here for more information: https://i-base.info/qa/factsheets/hiv-transmission-and-testing

  4. Keenen

    my name is keenen, I live in South Africa. What I wanted to ask you is what does it mean when you have a rash but you taking pep pills. So on June 22 I had sex with a girl without the use of a condom then the following day( 23 June ) I start taking the pep pills called Acriptega. There’s 30 pills inside, on day 9 of taking the pills, I developed a rash and my body is sometimes itchy. I finished the pep on Sunday( 23 July ) I still have a rash and my body is still itchy, what does this mean ? I’m so scared. I got tested 5 days ago( July 25), it was a rapid test though, after 31 days of exposure and the result showed negative. Don’t know if this is a good sign. Or not I’m worried and don’t know what to do


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