PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)
PEP is an antiviral treatment given to individuals to reduce the chance of seroconverting due to a potential HIV infection.
PEP has been shown to be highly effective if given early after a high risk exposure, ie unprotected intercourse or needle stick injury.
PEP should begin as soon as possible after an exposure as its protective effect is reduced if begun after 72 hours. The usual course of treatment is 28 days.
Because PEP can delay viral replication, individuals who have taken PEP should have an HIV test, 1, 3 and 6 months after the initial exposure.
You should consult a specialised medical professional before starting the treatment to assess your risk. If you require PEP urgently please email firstname.lastname@example.org as we are one of the few centres in Hong Kong that can provide you with this medication.
Other things to consider before having HIV test:
Having an HIV test is usually stressful. Ongoing support is provided by our centre.
- Everyone who is intending to have an HIV test is encouraged to discuss their concerns with a counsellor, nurse or doctor.
- All medical information and any discussions at the centre are confidential.
- Testing for HIV can be coded (we do not need to use your real name).
- The Department of Health receives statistics on all new cases but no names are provided.
- In many countries, there is a legal requirement for HIV infected people to inform present and future sexual partners, if unprotected intercourse is anticipated.
- Some people with HIV experience discrimination in their personal relationships and employment.
- There may be restrictions on obtaining life insurance and visas in some countries.
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