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HIV Pre- and Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP)
What is PrEP?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pill that you take every day to help reduce your risk of HIV prevention. When used with condoms, it greatly reduces your risk of HIV infection. PrEP is only used for people who are at very high risk for HIV through sex or IV drug use.
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What is PEP?
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is a way to prevent HIV after being exposed to it. With PEP, you take anti-HIV medicines as soon as possible after exposure to try to reduce the chance of becoming HIV positive. This could happen because of a sexual assault, or having unprotected sex with someone who has HIV, or sharing needles with someone who has HIV. Even if taken correctly, there is no guarantee that taking PEP will work. PEP should be taken within 72 hours of possible exposure.
Please Note: Side effects of taking PEP can include nausea