What is PEP?
Mistakes happen. Condoms break, or maybe there wasn't one handy, or maybe you were drunk and don't know for sure. Whatever the reason, if you are concerned that you or your partner may have been exposed to HIV there is a treatment option available that can prevent infection.
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a month-long course of medication that is prescribed to someone who has been exposed to HIV. To be effective, PEP must begin within 72 hours (3 days) of exposure—the sooner you start, the better the chance that PEP will work. You must remember to take the medication every day for the full 4 weeks. If you miss any doses or do not complete the course it greatly increases the chance that PEP will not work.
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Post = after
Exposure = a situation where HIV has a chance to get into someone’s bloodstream
Prophylaxis = a treatment to prevent an infection