What is PEP?
PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. It means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. PEP must be started within 36 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV, but the sooner you start PEP, the better. Every hour counts.
What are the types of IUDs?
If you are HIV-negative and you think you may have been recently exposed to HIV, contact your health care provider immediately or go to an emergency room right away.
You may be prescribed PEP if you are HIV-negative or don’t know your HIV status, and in the last 72 hours you:
Think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex (for example, you had a condom break)
Shared needles or works to prepare drugs
Were sexually assaulted
Your health care provider or emergency room doctor will evaluate you and help you decide whether PEP is right for you.
In addition, if you are a health care worker, you may be prescribed PEP after a possible exposure to HIV at work, such as from a needlestick injury.