How to take PEP correctly
- PEP must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV, but taking it as soon as possible is the best way to do.
- If you’re prescribed PEP, you’ll need to take it once or twice daily for 28 days.
- PEP is effective in preventing HIV when administered correctly, but not 100%.
How Well Does PEP Work ?
How effective is PEP exactly? The golden period for PEP medication is 72 hours after a potential exposure to HIV, and it is proven to be highly effective if it is started within this period. PEP can make sure that you won’t be infected with HIV, regardless of the means that you caught it. However, you must take it daily for at least 28 days, and on top of daily dosage, it must be at the same hour every day. This is because the PEP drug will show its full effectiveness if taken as mentioned.
When should I take PEP?
The PEP is recommended whenever you think that you might be exposed to HIV by any means. But sometimes PEP can work as a placebo for the peace of mind of a patient too. This doesn’t mean that PEP isn’t effective; it means that a patient decided to take PEP even while knowing that they weren’t exposed to HIV in the first place to make sure that they’re safe.
How can I pay for PEP?
You can check the PEP cost at your nearby healthcare provider as each place will have different pricing for this service. You can enquire about the payment options too, as some places will accept only in cash but not cards.
Does PEP have any side effects
Some side effects like nausea, dizziness, may occurred but they usually subside in one week. These side effects aren’t life-threatening.
How Long Do I Need to Take PEP?
The global PEP guideline stated that PEP should be taken at least 28 days (at least 28 pills in total) to achieve a successful treatment. However, most drugs will contain 30 pills in a bottle, which leads to some healthcare provider to sell the whole 30 pills in a bottle instead of separate pills. But this is entirely depending on the decision of each healthcare provider.
Stopping pep after 5 days
Stopping the PEP course before 28 days’ mark is highly dangerous as it may result in treatment failure, and failing treatment means a risk of getting HIV infection.
Can I Take PEP Every Time I Have Unprotected Sex?
You can take PEP every time you have unprotected sex. But if you can anticipate any unprotected sex in the future, you can take PrEP in-advance to protect yourself as it is cheaper than a course of PEP, and both PrEP and PEP will work in the same way.
Why does pep fail?
There’re possibilities that PEP can fail to prevent HIV infection. This is due to four possible reasons,
- The period isn’t truly within 72 hours There may be another risk before the 72 hours’ mark that the patient did not aware of or did not tell the doctor before start taking PEP.
- Not all the necessary tests were made The necessary tests, e.g., hepatitis C, kidney function, and liver function test, are the things that must be done before prescribing PEP to ensure that a patient is eligible for PEP.
- The patient didn’t take PEP for at least 28 days This is the most crucial step that will determine the outcome of PEP treatment. If the treatment failed, then this reason will be one of the possibilities that the doctor will check.
- There was no follow-up test after 28 days of medication This step is also necessary for PEP treatment. After a follow-up test, the patient will get to meet the doctor again to consult about their sexual activities. If there were any sexual activities within the last seven days of the PEP course, then the doctor will prescribe more PEP drugs for another one week to ensure that PEP can successfully prevent HIV infection.