HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (HIV PEP)
HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (HIV PEP) regime is effective in preventing HIV transmission after a high-risk exposure to HIV.
Overview of HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (HIV PEP)
HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (HIV PEP) regime is effective in preventing HIV transmission after a high-risk exposure to HIV. It reduces the risk of HIV transmission when taken as soon as possible and within a 72-hour window.
The HIV PEP regime is as simple as taking one pill per day for four weeks.
HIV PEP is recommended when:
There is high-risk sexual exposure, such as:
- unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse and receptive oral intercourse with a person with unclear HIV status.
- You are sexually assaulted.
- You are exposed to contaminated blood or semen, or genital fluids, primarily through open wounds, cuts, sores, and ulcers.
- When you are sharing of or exposed to contaminated needles or blades, particularly needle-stick injuries
- A condom broke or slipped, or suspected someone took out his condom.
In such situations, HIV PEP is highly recommended and can help to prevent the transmission of HIV and AIDS.
When Should I Start Using HIV PEP?
It is more effective in preventing HIV if you start HIV PEP early. The ideal period to start PEP is within 24 hours from exposure. However, HIV PEP has been shown to be effective up to 72 hours post-exposure.
Are There Any Side Effects for HIV PEP?
PULSE Clinic Singapore prescribes the latest HIV PEP medications with minimal side effects and is highly tolerable. Our doctors will evaluate your unique situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment regime for you to choose.
In general, some people may experience side effects like nausea, diarrhoea, or anorexia. However, the side effects are not severe and not permanent.
After the medication is stopped or completed, the side effect will cease.
Is HIV Testing Necessary Before PEP?
An HIV testing is needed before starting your HIV PEP to determine the HIV status.
HIV PEP doesn't work for people already living with HIV, and your doctor may prescribe other antiretroviral medications for long-term use.
What to Expect From HIV PEP Consultation?
During your consultation, the doctor will carefully assess your medical history and your HIV exposure risks.
You may need to undergo blood tests to examine the health of your kidney and liver.
Depending on the risks, you may be required to take STD Testing.
Can I Still Have Unprotected Intercourse When I am on HIV PEP?
PEP is not recommended for people having a frequent risk of HIV exposure.
You can speak to our medical team on HIV PrEP exposure prophylaxis or HIV PrEP.
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