(post-exposure prophylaxis)

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a month of a complete antiretroviral regimen taken within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent the virus from establishing itself in your body.

PEP is indicated for when the exposure

Is related to sexual activity as well as an occupational risk. The chances of effective PEP improve when it is started in the
closest way to exposure and with perfect compliance with the medication

It's important to note that PEP is meant for emergencies and not regular use.

PEP is most effective when starting close to exposure. Even though PEP only protects from HIV infection, when it is done with a holistic medical approach, it may reduce the incidence of Sexually Transmitted diseases. STDs.

Talk right away to your health care provider about PEP if you think you’ve recently been exposed to HIV:

The sooner you start PEP, the better. Every hour counts. PEP is not a substitute for regular use of other HIV prevention. PEP is not the right choice for people who may be exposed to HIV frequently. PEP is not recommended after 72 hours of exposure.

Many Studies have Demonstrated PEP’s Effectiveness

PEP was first attempted for HIV prevention in the 1980s among health care workers who experienced occupational exposures.

Talk to one BLISS Health providers about PEP if you have been exposed, making an appointment online or calling us.