PEP = 72 HOUR, HIV EXPOSURE TREATMENT
PEP may stop someone from getting HIV as long as the treatment is started within 72 hours (3 days) of having unsafe sex or condom failure. The sooner it is started the better the chance of HIV being prevented. PEP means taking anti-HIV drugs for 4 weeks and can have side effects. PEP is not a cure for HIV and is not guaranteed to prevent HIV from taking hold once the virus has entered the body. PEP is available from Sexual Health Services and most Accident & Emergency centres across the North East. You might only get the first 5 days of medication from A & E, so you would need to go to a sexual health clinic to get the further medication needed.
If you would like more information contact MESMAC on 0191 233 1333 or go to: www.pep.chapsonline.org.uk/
You can also download the THT PEP booklet below.