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PEP/PrEP

PEP

What is PEP?

Post: after

Exposure: a situation where HIV enters someone’s body (e.g., during sex without a condom or by sharing needles or injecting equipment)

Prophylaxis: treatment given or action taken to prevent disease

PEP is a 4 week course of medication that helps reduce the risk of getting HIV after a high risk exposure for example:

  • Having condomless anal sex or if the condom breaks/slips off during sex with someone who has or may have HIV
  • Sharing needles or syringes with a person who has or may have HIV

It’s important that you access PEP within 72 hours of the risk exposure

How can I access PEP

PEP is available from the emergency department at most hospitals or through the Q Clinic Monday to Thursday.

For more information click here.

 

PrEP

What is PrEP?

Pr: pre or before

Exposure: a situation where HIV is likely to enter someone’s body (eg during sex without a condom or by sharing needles or injecting equipment)

Prophylaxis: treatment given or action taken to prevent disease

PrEP is an ongoing course of a once daily medication which reduces the risk of acquiring HIV before a high risk exposure for example:-

  • A man who has anal sex with other men and does not always use a condom
  • Having a partner who is HIV positive but has not achieved an undetectable viral load.

How can I access PrEP?

If you are 18 years or over and a resident of QLD, you can access PrEP through the QPrEP study. People who join the study are prescribed PrEP for free for the duration of the trial.

For more information visit endinghiv.org.au

 
 

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

Last updated: 11 December 2020