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Get help if you’ve been at risk of HIV

Get help if you’ve been at risk of HIV
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (also known as PEP) is a course of medication that can stop you becoming HIV positive after you've been exposed to the virus.

During sex a condom may break or slip off, or in the heat of the moment you might not have used one. If you have had unprotected sex you can go to any hospital Accident and Emergency department (A&E) and request Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).

PEP is a month-long course of anti-HIV drugs and if they are started within 72 hours of unsafe sex they may prevent HIV infection. To stand the best chance of PEP working, it’s advisable to start it within 24 hours of exposure.

PEP can also be taken if someone has been exposed to HIV through an accident or at work.

For more information about PEP or where you can get it, call THT Direct on 0808 802 1221 or visit http://www.tht.org.uk/sexual-health/HIV-STIs/HIV-AIDS/Post-exposure-prophylaxis

Read the latest Be Wise booklet on PEP.

Alternatively, visit www.nhs.uk

The full version of this article appears in Mambo magazine.

Last review date: 9.2.2012
Next review date: 9.2.2014

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