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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV

PEP is medication that can help prevent people from developing HIV if they’ve been exposed to it.

PEP is not guaranteed to always work but has a high success rate. It is free of charge. It can only be prescribed by doctors and if certain criteria are met.

GUM clinics can provide it, as can emergency departments of hospitals. Family doctors (GPs) don’t give PEP. It must be started as soon as possible but definitely within 72 hours (3 days) of the risk.

There are a number of websites where you can find out more information on PEP, these include:

The Rainbow Project

Terrence Higgins Trust

Positive Life

NI direct

almost 1 in 4 people with HIV don’t know they have it.10

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