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PrEP


 

PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medications to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. PrEP is approved by the FDA and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing HIV infection.

 

PrEP

PEP

Definition 

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis 

Post Exposure Prophylaxis

Who should
use
them?

 

 

Pre-exposure prophylaxis is used PRIOR to exposure to a situation where you may encounter HIV:
- condomless sex with a person of unknown HIV status or person who knowingly has HIV
- sharing needles

 

Post exposure prophylaxis is taken AFTER an encounter which may have increased your chances of contracting HIV:
- condomless sex with a person of unknown HIV status or person who knowingly has HIV
- sharing needles
- needle stick in workplace or by accident
- unplanned event like sexual assault

How beneficial is it?

 

PrEP when taken on a daily basis is a preventative measure for HIV. It is 90% effective when taken daily as prescribed. It takes seven days for the medication to become at a therapeutic level of effectiveness

PEP can help decrease the risk of transmission when taken within 72 hours of possible exposure however is less effective than PrEP

 

Conclusion 

Most effective choice

Only used in emergency circumstances

Where can
I get them?

 

Prescribed by a health care professional. Call 352-401-7552 for an appointment

 

Prescribed by a health care professional or emergency department. Call 352-401-7552 and ask for urgent appointment due to possible HIV exposure

Location
Ocala Infectious Disease and Wound Center
2651 Southwest 32nd Pl
Ocala, FL 34471
Phone: 352-401-7552
Fax: 352-622-7945
Office Hours

Get in touch

352-401-7552