PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) can be, as I understand the facts, an excellent option in terms of preventing HIV infection from consolidating in a person who may have been exposed.
So, if you fear that you may have “caught” HIV less than three days ago, in fact, less than 72 hours ago, consider yourself in a medical emergency and immediately go to a hospital, UBS, AMA, Emergency Room and seek immediate medical attention, as this is a medical emergency!
After that, you will have to take the test to establish whether you were already a carrier and did not know it. If so, the roles are reversed, you warn him and he depends on the clock.
So, in summary, after the condom has broken, the ideal is that both of you should immediately seek the emergency room, talk immediately with the social worker (this is usually the best option) so that he / she can refer you required.
So, after that, you, or you, must wait for her to make the arrangements. On the 8th of July, I will seek better information.
Just in case, here are the “flowcharts” of HIV testing, which tells, tin-tin by tin-tin how they should be done! Then, window period and yes, HIV tests are efficient and safe; and, in any case, already a little more about the immune window.
PEP, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, which is, in fact, starting taking antiretroviral drugs, ART, for 30 days after this possible risk of contagion after having been hypothetically exposed to HIV in order to prevent the consolidation of the infection, “Of the virus” itself!
PEP should only be used in emergencies
And for the sake of saying everything, contracting HIV is not, I assure you, a good idea. Bearing in mind that there is still the possibility of preventing the infection, it is very sensible to do a month of PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is, at least today, the last possibility to avoid this consolidation!
For PEP, just to establish this better in your spirit, means taking antiretroviral drugs (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV, to avoid being infected, correctly, but not 100%.
Is PEP right for me?
If you are HIV negative or do not know your HIV status and in the past 72 hours,
- believes that he may have been exposed to HIV during sex (for example, if the condom broke),
- shared needles and worked to prepare drugs (for example, cotton, stoves, water) or
- were sexually assaulted;
Talk to your doctor or an emergency doctor immediately about PEP.
PEP should only be used in emergencies and should be started within 72 hours of possible recent HIV exposure. It does not replace the regular use of other proven HIV prevention methods, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which means taking HIV drugs daily to decrease the chances of the virus establishing an infection, once and for all.
Use a condom the right way every time you have sex; and using only your own new, sterile needles and it works every time you inject.
PEP is effective, but not 100%, so you should continue using condoms with sexual partners and safe injection practices while using PEP. These strategies can protect you from exposure to HIV again. As well as reducing the chances of transmitting HIV to others, if you are infected while in PEP.
If you are a healthcare professional and think you have had possible exposure to HIV at work, see the following question.
I am a health professional and I think I was exposed to HIV at work. Should I take PEP?
PEP should be considered if you have had possible recent HIV exposure at work. Report your exposure to your supervisor and seek medical attention immediately.
Occupational transmission of HIV to health professionals can be extremely rare, and the appropriate use of devices and security barriers can help minimize the risk of exposure when caring for HIV patients.
A healthcare professional with possible exposure should see a doctor or visit an emergency room immediately. PEP must be started within 72 hours after a possible recent exposure to HIV. The sooner the better; it always counts.
In 2013 for the management of health professionals' exposures to HIV and recommendations for PEP.
Read more about occupational exposure to HIV and strategies to prevent it in this technical sheet CDC.
When should I take PEP?
PEP should be started within a maximum of 72 hours after a possible exposure. The sooner you start it the better; because every hour counts.
Therefore, it is important to start PEP as soon as possible after possible exposure to HIV!
Research has shown that PEP has little or no effect on preventing HIV infection if it starts after 72 hours after exposure to HIV.
Thus, if you obtain a prescription for PEP, it is essential that you take it once or twice a day for 28 days WITHOUT FAILURES, always according to medical prescription !!!
Does PEP have any side effects?
Can I take a round of PEP every time I have unprotected sex?PEP should only be used in emergencies.
PEP it's not the right choice for people who can be exposed to HIV frequently - for example, if you usually have sex without a condom with a partner who is HIV positive. Since PEP is administered after possible exposure to HIV, more drugs and higher doses are needed to block the infection than with PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is when people at high risk of contracting HIV take HIV drugs (sold under the brand name Truvada) daily to decrease their chances of contracting the virus that can cause AIDS. If you are at continuous risk of HIV, talk to your doctor about PrEP.
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Do not be deceived! Love does not immunize and it is a good idea to see this text!
And you can't take any chances, believing in healing, when we see that seventeen people got rid of HIV.
What I would really like to do is calm you down. HIV infection it was already a death penalty! The treatments have been increasingly efficient, the side effects and adverse reactions have been decreasing little by little, life has flowed better and the life expectancy of a person with HIV has been higher and with superior quality!
However, prejudice still thrives free, fast and low and in a survey some time ago 1/3 of the people interviewed said that they would not work on an express with a “disease like that ”!”
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