PEP, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
PEP is a 28-day course of medicine taken after potential HIV exposure to prevent HIV infection. PEP must be started within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure. PEP should be used only for infrequent exposures, and does not replace safe sex practices.
Things to Know About PEP
- Must be prescribed by your health care provider or an emergency room doctor
- Should be initiated immediately after exposure to HIV or within 72 hours
- Treated with 3 Antiretrovirals usually as a combination medication for at least 4 weeks
- Follow up appointments at 1, 3 and 6 months
- PrEP does not protect from other STD’s
- Include nausea, diarrhea and fatigue
Before You Start
- It is important to discuss all medications you take with your Pharmacist including over the counter medications as well as vitamins and supplements, as these can interact with antiretrovirals.