Post Exposure prophylaxis (PEP) must be started within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure to HIV. The sooner PEP is started after a possible HIV exposure, the better. According to research, PEP will most likely not prevent HIV infection if it is started more than 72 hours after a person is exposed to HIV.
If you are prescribed PEP, you will need to take the HIV medicines every day for 28 days.
The Post exposure prophylaxis means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease.Taking HIV medicines within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent HIV infection.
You should not that PEP should be used only in emergency situations. It is not meant for regular use by people who may be exposed to HIV frequently. PEP is not intended to replace regular use of other HIV prevention methods, Contraceptives
PEP may be prescribed for people who are HIV negative or do not know their HIV status, and who in the last 72 hours May have been exposed to HIV
If you think you were recently exposed to HIV, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.
The HIV medicines used for PEP may cause side effects in some people. The side effects can be treated and are not life-threatening. If you are taking PEP, talk to your health care provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
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