We provide advice on all aspects of post-exposure propyhlaxis (PEP), including: Assessing the risk of exposure Determining the appropriateness of prescribing PEP Selecting the best PEP regimen Providing follow-up testing
There is a treatment that may prevent HIV infection. It's called PEP (post exposure prophylaxis). But act fast, the sooner PEP is taken after exposure the more likely it is to work. Delaying may mean the treatment will not work. If the exposure was not recent you should still go to a clinic for a HIV test as early diagnosis is important.PEP reduces the risk of contracting HIV by about 80% after needle stick injuries. We do not know for certain how well it works after sexual exposure, but the information we have suggests it does reduce the risk, but is not 100% effective.
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is short-term antiretroviral treatment to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection after potential exposure, either occupationally or through sexual intercourse. Within the health sector, PEP should be provided as part of a comprehensive universal precautions package that reduces staff exposure to infectious hazards at work.
PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. If you think you’ve recently been exposed to HIV during sex or through sharing needles and works to prepare drugs or if you’ve been sexually assaulted, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.
Advice from PEP experts in exposure management and care
PEP is recommended because it has been observed that systemic infection does not occur immediately after an exposure and there is a brief window period of opportunity available to contain or eradicate HIV from body before wide spread cellular infection occur.
PEP is an antiretroviral medicine (ART) taken after potential exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. According to Aids.gov, PEP must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV, but the sooner you start PEP, the better.
What is considered to be a potential exposure to HIV, HBV or HCV? For transmission of blood borne pathogens (HIV, HBV and HCV) to occur, an exposure must include both of the....