Dear people, are you aware of Post Exposure Prophylaxis, popularly called PEP?
Post Exposure Prophylaxis is a treatment that can be given to prevent HIV infection in persons that have been accidentally exposed and hence have a potential risk of acquiring HIV infection. The treatment consists of using drugs (Antiretrovirals) for only 28 days. For it to be very effective, it is recommended that this treatment be started as early as possible, within 72 hrs of the incidence.
For example, if Miss T got raped on Tuesday morning, she must have started the treatment latest by Friday morning, so she wouldn't get HIV.
Who is eligible for PEP?
- Victims of sexual assault, especially when the HIV status of the perpetrator cannot be readily determined. Or health workers who have broken skin (cuts, wounds) that gets exposed to the body fluids of an HIV infected person.
- Victims of bursted condoms especially if the partner is living with HIV or is at risk of HIV infection.
- Health workers with needle pricks or injuries with a sharp object already used on a HIV positive patient.