The golden chance to protect yourself from HIV infection is to start PEP therapy within 72 hours of possible exposure under the guidance of HIV specialist.
PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) is the systemic treatment therapy for patients exposed to HIV within 72 hours of possible exposure. The word prophylaxis means to prevent or protect. So this treatment is subjected to prevention from becoming HIV positive.
oPEP- occupational post exposure prophylaxis. It is when health care employee takes PEP therapy because of possible exposure to HIV while working.
nPEP- non-occupational post exposure prophylaxis. It is when a person takes PEP because of possible exposure to HIV irrespective of his work.
Follow up testing for HIV at 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 24 weeks.
Timely appropriate intervention with PEP can avert systemic infection.
If you think you were exposed to HIV, contact the HIV specialist right away.