Use Of PrEP And PEP To Prevent HIV Virus Infection?
I had a risky relationship with sex a few days ago to be exact 1 day and a half, I was stressed and panicked and I read about prep and pep to prevent HIV virus infection. And I immediately consumed prep with the content of tenovir. Because I haven’t 72 hours, and to long explained degree detail about prep and pep, thanks in advance.
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PrEP stands for pre exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is a combination of two HIV drugs (ARV = antiretroviral). This drug is used to prevent HIV virus infection (human immunodeficiency virus) in groups of people who have a high risk of contracting, such as having a positive HIV-infected life partner, using illegal drugs with syringes, having the habit of changing partners and working in services health care for HIV cases. This drug is classified as safe, so it can be used in the long term, even up to five years. Provision of PrEP can only be stopped if the person is no longer at risk or has been found to be HIV positive.
Meanwhile, PEP (Post exposure prophylaxis) is a combination ARV drug used for emergency prevention cases against groups of people who have just been exposed. Such as people who have just had sexual relations with someone who is suspected to be HIV positive or health workers who have just been pricked by a needle former HIV patient. This drug will be effective if taken within 3 days of exposure. The faster it will be able to prevent the HIV virus from infecting. The drug must be consumed for 28 days, you must not forget, if you forget it, its effectiveness will decrease.
Well, PrEP and PEP will certainly not be given to someone who turns out to have been positive for HIV infection. For this reason, HIV testing needs to be done before starting PrEP and PEP.
Regarding you, you should only take PEP for 28 days, provided it is still within 3 days after exposure. And before that, you should do an HIV test first. Later HIV testing will be repeated at 4-12 Weeks after exposure. If until the last HIV test (12 weeks) is negative, then you are tested as having contracted HIV from a risky sexual relationship that you are doing, provided you do not repeat it.
You should immediately consult a VCT clinic at the nearest hospital to get an examination and proper treatment of trained medical personnel about HIV disease.
Remember, using a condom during sexual intercourse is at risk of transmission of the HIV virus, because condoms can leak or escape while sexual intercourse is still being carried out. The only way to prevent the transmission of this disease is to be loyal to one legitimate partner who is known to be HIV negative.
Thus hopefully useful.