How long do I need to take PEP?
Hi, I have a girl who is HIV positive we have been having sex most days. I am on PEP, but how long should I continue to take PEP. I have unprotected sex everyday???
Hi, how are you doing?
PEP is used AFTER an exposure and is a course of treatment for 28 days.
PrEP is used BEFORE. PrEP is more appropriate to use. It is a pill similar to PEP but you can take it daily. PrEP prevents HIV transmission and is more effective at prevention that PEP.
If your partner is on treatment then you do not require any medication. If she has a viral load below 200/undetectable there is no risk of transmission. This is called U=U.
ART/PrEP/PEP will not prevent other STIs. A condom is required to prevent other infections if these are a risk.
If you like having sex without a condom, then please talk to your doctor about PrEP. This is a very good way to protect against HIV in the future,