Post exposure prophylaxis is an effective method of reducing HIV infections when used soon after a potential exposure. The medication must be started within 72 hours of a potential exposure to be effective.
The standard regimen is known as ‘triple drug therapy’ because the medication uses three active ingredients to stop HIV at different points in its life/replication cycle. Our current best practice is to use the World Health Organisation and CDC recommendations.
The PEP is used for 28 days, after which you test for HIV to ascertain your status. This is as recommended by the CDC.
What should you do if you have had a potentially risky exposure?
The first step would to visit us within 72 hours of this exposure. We can then discuss the situation to see if the risk is significant enough to warrant PEP medication.
If your risk deems you suitable for PEP, we would require a few preliminary tests first. Blood tests are needed to ensure that kidney and liver function are not compromised allowing you to safely complete the 28 day course of the medication. A rapid HIV test is also needed to ensure that there is no pre-existing HIV already in your body. After, we can start you on the medication and review you during the course, with an HIV test at the end to ascertain your status.
Any further issues can be discussed during the consultation. Please see below for a guide to risk based on sexual exposure.
Remember, everything discussed in clinic is fully confidential – no details will be reported.
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Below is table of risk:
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