What is PEP and how can it help me?

PEP is Post Exposure Prophylaxis. What does that mean?

Post means afterwards.

Exposure is when you have contact with HIV.

Prophylaxis is a treatment which is given to prevent a disease.

So PEP is given to people who may have been exposed to HIV, and it can prevent them from becoming HIV positive. If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, or had sex without a condom, PEP is for you.

If you need PEP, go to your closest clinic or hospital. If they don’t have PEP, they can tell you which clinics do. If you need to find a clinic, try our clinic finder. The AIDS Helpline (0800 012 322) can tell you which clinics have PEP.

Once you are at the clinic, you will be tested for HIV. You should get counselling before the test and after you get your results.

·         If you test HIV POSITIVE, you don’t need to take PEP. Your healthcare worker will let you know what the next steps are for you to get treatment and stay healthy.

·         If you test HIV NEGATIVE, you must finish a course of PEP, which takes 28 days (4 weeks). You will get tested again for HIV after 6 weeks, 3 months and then 6 months.

It is very important that you take PEP within 72 hours (3 days) of being exposed.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, there is support out there. Call the Gender Based Violence Command Centre on 0800 428 428, or dial *120*7867# and someone will call you back. 


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B-Wise User Anonymous 6 February 2019 13:20

What is the difference between PrEP and PEP?

B-Wise Expert Expert 8 February 2019 09:52

Hi there, PEP is a pill given to people who may have been exposed to HIV, and it can prevent them from becoming HIV positive. If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, or had sex without a condom, PEP is for you. Click here to learn about PEP https://bwisehealth.com/article/what-is-pep-and-how-can-it-help-me

PrEP is a pill that has 2 anti-HIV medicines taken daily to prevent HIV for HIV-negative people, click here to learn about PrEP https://www.myprep.co.za/users