HEALTH – PEP & PrEP explained

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) (Last updated 8/30/2016; last reviewed 8/30/2016) Key Points Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) involves taking antiretroviral (ARV) medicines very soon after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent becoming infected with HIV. PEP should be started as soon as possible to be effective and always within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure to HIV. If your health care provider thinks PEP is right for you, you’ll take 3 or more ARV medicines each day for 28 days. What is PEP? PEP stands for “post-exposure prophylaxis.” The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or protect from an infection

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