What is PEP
PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. It means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.
Is PEP right for me?
If you’re HIV-negative or don’t know your HIV status, and in the last 72 hours you
- think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex (for example, if the condom broke)
- shared needles and works to prepare drugs (for example, cotton, cookers, water)
- were sexually assaulted
PEP in Bangkok
Looking for PEP in Bangkok and where to get PEP? Many hospitals and clinics in Bangkok are offering PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) at different pricing. But depending on each healthcare provider, you may get different drugs from each place for the PEP regimen as there are many combinations of drugs that can work as a PEP. Also, since PEP drugs can sometimes work interchangeably with HIV treatment drugs, some healthcare providers in Bangkok will prescribe HIV treatment drugs as PEP drugs; this can sometimes result in a patient getting unbearable side effects from a very strong drug that is an overkill for a regular PEP regimen. Therefore, you should ask about the PEP drugs first before start taking it.
Alternatively, you can find the specialized healthcare provider that works in an area of sexual health. This kind of healthcare provider often have more choices of PEP drug for patients to choose from, and many of them won’t give you any strong side effects. If you think you might need PEP or uncertain whether you need it or not, you can contact Safe Clinic for consultation.
Safe Clinic is a polyclinic that works specifically about sexual health, including STD checkups, treatments, consultation, and PEP/PrEP prescription. However, you must take PEP within 72 hours after a potential expose to HIV, so make sure that you get it in time; otherwise, the PEP will not be effective.