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Questions and Answers about Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

pepPEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs after a single high-risk exposure to HIV in an attempt to prevent HIV to replicate and setting up as an infection in a person's body possibly infected with HIV. PEP should be started as soon as possible to be effective - and always within 3 days of possible exposure. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV recently, consult a doctor as soon as possible in order to find out if PEP is the right choice for you.

What is PEP?

PEP means postexposure prophylaxis *.It involves taking antiretroviral drugs as soon as possible, but not more than 72 hours (3 days) after you may have been exposed to HIV, to try to reduce the chance of becoming HIV-positive. These drugs prevent HIV from making copies of itself and spread up through your body. Two or three drugs are commonly prescribed, and they should be taken during 28 days. PEP is definitely not always effective; it is no guarantee that someone exposed to HIV will not be infected with HIV. Editor's note: è why I reinforcement: Always use a condom correctly; it is uncertain whether the PEP function and only one (a) crazy (a) of ID card would make a bet this level.

PEP is for me?

Doctor's hand with blood samplePEP is used for those who may have been exposed to HIV recently, during a single event. It's not the right choice for people who may be exposed to HIV often.

Your health care provider will study whether PEP is the right choice for you based on your risk exposure.

Health workers are evaluated to PEP will be exposed to blood or body fluids of a patient is infected with HIV. The risk of HIV infection in this way is less than 1 100 in exhibitions.

PEP can also be used to treat people who may have been exposed to HIV during a single event not related to work (eg, unprotected sex, drug use of needle sharing or sexual violence).

Keep in mind that PEP should only be used in situations immediately after potential exposure to HIV. It is not a substitute for regular use of other HIV prevention methods, such as correct and consistent condom use or the use of sterile injection equipment in the case of injecting drug use.

If you receive a prescription for PEP, you will be asked to return to detection test for HIV to 4 6 weeks, months and 3 6 months after exposure to HIV. Because PEP is not always effective, it should continue to use condoms with sexual partners while using the PEP and should not share with others injection equipment if you consume injecting drug (Editor's note: Okay, I have nothing with that, but ... in my opinion, is the end of drug sting)

When should I take PEP?

PEP should begin within a maximum 72 hours after exposure, before the virus has time to make many copies of itself in your body and settle such as infection.

PEP with as soon as possible after possible exposure to HIV is important, research has shown that PEP has little or no effect in preventing HIV infection starts over 72 hours after exposure to HIV.

HIV makes copies of itself as it enters your body, and it takes about 3 days for these copies from spreading through your body. When HIV is only in some cells where it has been introduced into your body, it can sometimes be controlled by the immune system supported by PEP, but when it takes many cells in many places on your body, PEP will not workr.

Two or three drugs are commonly prescribed, and they should be taken during 28 days.

PEP have side effects?

PEP is safe, but can cause side effects like nausea in some people. These side effects can be treated and is not life-threatening.

Where can I get PEP?

Some of the places you can go and get treatment include your doctor's office, emergency room, urgent care clinics, local or specialized centers for HIV. {Editor's note: AO text of the final put three addresses in Sao Paulo and I ask people who read this text and know of other places where you can get PEP to submit these sites for blog comments system, I will put the addresses this same list. Please work together to help try to save more people ...}

PEP can make a round every time I have unprotected sex?

PEP should only be used immediately after a rare situation with potential exposure to HIV. If you are often exposed to HIV, for example, because you often have sex without a condom with a partner who is HIV -positive, repeated use of PEP is not the right choice. This is because when drugs are only given after exposure, more drugs and higher doses are needed to block infection than when they are started before exposure and continued for a while after. It is an approach calledPre-exposure prophylaxis, Or PrEP; PrEP means taking a daily pill Truvada for months or years. This keeps medication in your body to prevent HIV from making copies of itself and be installed as infection your body whenever you are exposed. If you are at ongoing risk for HIV, talk to your doctor about PrEP or click here to learn more about PEP.

Locations in Sao Paulo - Capital

House of AIDS - Ferreira Street Araújo- Health Center near Sink phone Street: 30341444

Translated of Contents link located inPEPby Claudio Souza S

* (Translator's note. PEP is an acronym for the phrase in English Post Exposure Exposition, in good Portuguese means Post Exposure Prophylaxis. As we do not respect our language and we do not use the correct acronym would PPE, I am forced to translate well. The same thing, as an example, we have for the United States, I learned in school that the acronym would be used in the US, the US unduly USA)

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