PrEP is a medication that you would take for ongoing protection against HIV, similar to birth control.
Whereas, nPEP is something that you would take if you believe you’ve had a recent possible exposure.
nPEP is a medication that you can take prescribed by a doctor within 72 hours of possible exposure to HIV transmission.
It is something that is an in case of emergency type of situation.
So, if you think you possibly contracted it on a Friday night, you’ve got 72 hours to be able to take that pill for it to effectively work.
PrEP is something that is taken on a day-to-day basis to prevent HIV. So, similar to birth control, you just take a pill a day and it reduces your chances of becoming HIV positive.
But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get pregnant. It doesn’t mean you can’t get other STDs or STIs. So, you still should still be practicing sex with a condom or any other type of barrier.
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For those who do not have HIV, PrEP offers another powerful means of protection. When taken as prescribed, this daily pill is highly effective in protecting against HIV.