PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)
PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a 28-day prescription medical treatment for patients who have possibly been exposed to HIV. If you suspect/have experienced exposure to HIV, it is important that you start taking PEP as soon as possible. PEP is only effective if taken within 72 hours of possible HIV exposure.
Is PEP for me?
If you think you have been exposed to HIV, it is important that you start taking PEP as soon as possible. PEP is only effective within 72 hours of possible HIV exposure, so seeking professional help quickly after exposure is crucial.
How does PEP work?
PEP is an oral medication that helps the immune system fight off the HIV virus. By stopping the virus from replicating any infected cells in the body, any infected cells will eventually die off and the HIV virus is stopped.
How can I get PEP?
You can make an appointment or walk-in at The Red Clinic to get PEP. You will need to first see our doctors prior to getting PEP. If you are exposed to HIV during the weekend or cannot make an appointment for the next day with your primary care doctor, you can go to www.mypreplocator.com to look for a clinic/hospital that provides PEP.
If you have questions about PEP, contact our friendly staff via Facebook Messenger.
How long does it take for PEP to work?
After 28 days of taking PEP, the HIV virus will dissipate. It is important that you begin PEP no more than 72 hours after possible exposure.
Are there any side effects associated with PEP?
Common side effects of PEP are diarrhea, headaches, nausea/vomiting, and fatigue. Your doctor will discuss the potential side effects with you in more detail and provide you with everything you need to know about PEP before you begin taking it.
If I took PEP, should I also take PrEP?
We recommend all patients who have a high risk of being exposed to HIV to take PrEP on a daily basis. PrEP reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 99% when taken daily. You may learn more about PrEP here.
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