Despite careful planning and safe practices, you still may be exposed to the HIV virus. Whether your exposure was an accident, a mistake, a one-time careless act or even from assault, some medications can drastically reduce your chances of contracting HIV. Additionally, these preventative medicines are available if you are in a committed relationship or in a situation where ongoing exposure to HIV is a reality.
Among the many different types of preventative medicines, PrEP and PEP are two of the most popular. However, timeliness is critical, and the sooner you get the medicine you need the better your chances of it working.
What are PrEP and PEP?
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) are two preventative medicines that are available to individuals to limit their chances of contracting HIV after potentially being exposed to the HIV virus through sexual or blood born contact or IV drug use.
Is PrEP right for you?
If you are HIV-negative but are at a substantial risk of contracting the virus, this preventative medicine may be right for you. PrEP is a drug that is taken daily and can reduce your chances of contracting HIV by up to 92% when consistently taken. To learn more about PrEP, click here.
Is PEP right for you?
If you are HIV-negative and you have been in intimate or blood-born contact with someone who is HIV-positive in the last 72 hours, then PEP may be right for you. To learn more about PEP, click here.