PEP - post exposure prophylaxis/ post sexual assault
what is emergency HIV treatment?
Post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP is another name for emergency HIV treatment. It is a short course of antiretroviral drugs that stops exposure to HIV from becoming a life-long infection. PEP is not a cure for HIV, it is a form of HIV prevention.
It is important for your overall future health to complete the PEP medication and to attend all follow-up visits. Your care team will routinely screen for side effects of the medication, monitor lab work to make sure you're staying healthy, and screen for other health care and mental health care needs.
emotional support and advice counseling
Remember that assault is never your fault, and it's normal to feel anxious about being infected with HIV. Don't let being worried stop you from getting an HIV test and being treated. In addition to treatment, getting the right support is important. Your care team can help address any concerns or fears you may have before, during and after taking PEP.
For more infomation and resources:
Rape Victim Advocates - 888-293-2080
RAINN Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673)