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What is PEP?
PEP (or Post-exposure prophylaxis) is a drug regimen similar to PrEP, but it’s the one that takes after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent the infection.
Is PEP right for me?
If you’re not having HIV or are unaware of your status but within the past 72 hours you,
- think that you may have been exposed during sex or
- shared needles with someone while using drugs or
- were sexually assaulted,
It’s recommended that you should take PEP to prevent HIV infection for yourself.
How can I get PEP?
- First, you’ll need to visit the healthcare provider within 72 hours after the possible HIV exposure and inform them about your situation.
- Second, they might ask you to further explain your situation, and get you to do some necessary blood tests.
- Lastly, a doctor will prescribe PEP for you and advise you to take it at least 28 days before coming back for a follow-up test.
How to take PEP correctly?
PEP medication should be taken at the hour every day for 28 days, at least.
Does PEP have any side effects?
Side effects of PEP are nausea, headache, or diarrhea. These side effects are mild and not life-threatening and will usually subside in a week.
Can I take PEP with me every time that I have unprotected sex?
The PEP should be used only in emergencies. If you have a lifestyle that might involve frequent HIV exposure, then PrEP is a more suitable choice for you.