PEP stands for ‘post exposure prophylaxis’ and is a series of HIV medications you take after you have had a kind of sex that would be considered high risk for HIV being passed- like condom-less sex with someone who’s status is unknown, or when a condom breaks, or if you’ve been sexually assaulted.
If you think you could have been exposed to HIV and seek medical attention soon enough, a doctor can prescribe a course of powerful anti-HIV medications to take daily for four weeks. In some cases, this treatment stops the virus from taking hold. PEP needs to be taken as quickly as possible after exposure- ideally within 24 hours, but definitely within 72 hours, to be effective. If you would like to talk to someone about PEP, or if you think you may need PEP, call HIM at 604-488-1001. HIM has a whole site devoted to PEP, so if you need more information, click HERE.