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PEP and PrEP

pill-bottleAdvances in HIV research has shown that by taking medications before, or immediately after, exposure to the virus that transmits HIV, infection of the virus can be  can prevented. These treatments must be prescribed by a doctor and they are called pre-exposure prophylaxis and post-exposure prophylaxis, “PrEP” and “PEP” for short.

All sexually-active men should know when they may be a good candidate for PrEP and PEP. Be sure to talk to your doctor about insurance coverage and effectiveness of PrEP and PEP.

PrEP

PEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis Post-exposure prophylaxis
Purpose:
Prevent HIV transmission in sexually active HIV- men who have an HIV+ partner or who regularly engage in unprotected sex with multiple partners.
Purpose:
Prevent HIV transmission in HIV- men after a single possible exposure to HIV through unprotected anal intercourse with an HIV+ partner or partner of unknown status
Duration of medication:
Long-term
Duration of medication:
28 days
Medication side-effects:
Nausea, vomiting, kidneys, bone strength (all uncommon)
Medication side-effects:
Same as PrEP
Where to go to get medication:
The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center
Where to go to get medication:
Primary Care Doctor, Emergency Room, The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center
When to start taking medication:
Upon initiation of regular sexual activity with a HIV+ partner or ongoing unsafe sexual activity with multiple partners of unknown HIV status
When to start taking medication:
Within 72 hours of possible exposure (the sooner the better!)

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