If you think you had a sexual exposure with someone who is HIV positive or is at high risk of being HIV positive, you may book a call to speak with our doctor. Please note that PEP is required in select few cases that are high risk.
PEP or Post PEP or Post Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV is a most effective HIV prevention strategy following a high risk exposure or potential exposure to HIV. Post exposure prophylaxis is to be started within 72 hours of possible exposure to HIV. Doctors recommend to start PEP as early as possible after the exposure for best results. PEP is highly effective in lowering the risk of HIV transmission, if taken correctly and consistently for 28 days.
PEP is prescribed to those persons who are HIV negative or do not know their HIV status and had a moderate to high risk exposure to HIV in one of the following ways 1. Potential exposure to HIV during sex. 2. Recent sharing of needles or syringes and related items( IV Drug Use) 3 Sexual assault 4 Health Care Providers who think they have been exposed to HIV on the job 5 Any other possible scenario that qualifies as moderate to high risk exposure.
PEP needs to be taken once a day for 28 days. A PEP user needs to be in contact with their doctor/ health care provider while taking PEP. Certain tests will also be prescribed by the doctor at the start of PEP and after PEP is completed, that need to be done as part of the protocol.
PEP is considered as a safe therapy. It can have side effects like nausea, tiredness, diarrhea, flatulence, headache etc. These generally reduce after a few days while the body adjusts to the medicines. The anti viral drugs that are used for PEP are generally well tolerated. If side effects persist or increase after a few days, contact your health care provider immediately. The common side effects are upset stomach, tiredness, headache and disturbed sleep. The side effects can be easily treated with medecines. The severity of the side effects is usually mild to moderate.
PEP is highly effective in lowering the risk of HIV transmission, if taken correctly and consistently for 28 days. The sooner PEP is started, the better the results. PEP is considered a safe treatment regimen.