PrEP post hook-up?

Worried about a recent hook-up? Dr. David discusses how to reduce the risk for HIV after unprotected sex.

Post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, is an emergency option to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. PEP involves starting a triple-drug combination of HIV drugs within 48 to 72 hours of the possible exposure and staying on the daily regimen for a month.

Any health care provider can prescribe PEP, but not all may be familiar with it. If yours is not, or you don’t have a regular provider, you should be able to get it from an emergency room. If the ER doesn’t understand your request, tell them to follow the same protocol as they would if they had a needle stick.

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