Sharing information about PrEP and PEP with HIV patients can help them prevent transmission of the virus to others. As health care providers, it’s our mission to start the conversation to keep you informed and educated.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

PrEP is a daily pill that helps prevent getting HIV from sex by 99% when taken daily. Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken daily. PrEP can work to stop HIV from establishing an infection.

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

If you may have been exposed to HIV, PEP can help stop the virus. PEP must be started as soon as possible to be effective – always within 72 hours of a possible exposure – and continued for 4 weeks Pep is for emergency use.

Source: Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Injection Drug Use

PrEP vs. PEP

There is not enough data about PEP’s effectiveness to prevent HIV infection from the use of drug injections. For people that inject drugs and are highly exposed to HIV, PrEP is likely to be a better prevention strategy than PEP.