PEP – POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS
PEP is a treatment that may prevent HIV infection after the virus has entered the body.
PEP is not a ‘cure’ for HIV. PEP may prevent HIV from entering cells in the body and so stop you from becoming infected with HIV. PEP isn’t 100% effective. However, there have been very few reports of HIV infection after the use of PEP.
Post Exposure Prophylaxis is a four week course of anti-HIV drugs. It could stop you –or someone you’ve had sex with – getting HIV after unsafe sex or if a condom breaks.
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To have the best chance of it being effective you need to start taking PEP as soon as possible after the possible exposure to HIV and certainly within 72 hours.
PEP is not a substitute for wearing a condom
Information taken from NAM (National AIDS Map) website.
For full details details about PEP click here
(Link checked as correct on the 16/06/2014 by SA – next update due 16/12/14)