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HIV post-exposure prophylaxis

What is HIV post-exposure prophylaxis?

HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is an emergency treatment that is used after a potential HIV risk contact to prevent infection. PEP should be started within 72 hours of the risk contact and consists of four weeks of antiretroviral therapy. PEP has a high probability of preventing HIV infection if it is started in time.

When should PEP be used?

PEP is used after unprotected sexual intercourse with a potentially infectious HIV-positive person or contact with potentially infected material and should be started immediately without delay. We at Avi Medical have therefore reserved daily slots for these appointments. However, if you are unable to get an appointment immediately, we recommend that you visit an emergency room/recovery center immediately.

In addition to PEP, a comprehensive STI test should be carried out to rule out other sexually transmitted infections. It is important to seek medical attention immediately and start treatment as soon as possible.