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  • Using anti-HIV drugs to prevent HIV

    The goal of HIV treatment is an undetectable viral load. An undetectable viral load means that your blood has a level of HIV below the level which...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Sex

    Having HIV can affect people’s feelings about sex in many different ways. Some people become anxious about passing HIV on, or feel less desirable. While some people go...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Dealing with sexual health problems

    Loss of sexual drive or desire (libido) can have a significant impact on quality of life and feelings of self-worth, and may contribute to emotional problems such...

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Sex

    All too often, relationships between people of different HIV status are thought of only in terms of sex and the risk of HIV transmission. Yes, sex is important to...

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

    If you have had unprotected sex (including if a condom broke or came off during sex) or shared drug injecting equipment with somebody you know...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis

    Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) has been in use, in healthcare settings, since 1988. Providing PEP after sexual exposure is more controversial....

    From: Preventing HIV

    Information level Level 4
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis

    Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a course of HIV medication that may block HIV infection. Although no antiretroviral has been licensed for use as prophylaxis against...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4

PEP in your own words

  • Needlestick injury

    I am an HIV-positive doctor. I was infected courtesy of a lapse in concentration and a needlestick injury at work. The prescribed dual post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) was taken for one...

    From: In your own words

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  • Statement on the provision of PrEP and PEP

    The Association of Directors of Public Health is calling for NHS England to commission a national programme for PrEP and for their commissioning of PEP to include the open access sexual health services commissioned by local authorities... Correspondence from NHS England to local authority commissioners makes it clear that they will not reimburse PEP provided by local authorities' sexual health services.

    30 March 2016 | Association of Directors of Public Health
  • People Are So Desperate For The Drug That Blocks HIV They're “Cheating” The NHS

    It’s called “clinic hopping” and involves lying to doctors to get the drug Truvada. Those involved spoke to BuzzFeed News about the lengths they’ll go to for PrEP – and why.

    04 February 2016 | BuzzFeed News
  • How gay men in London ask for PEP to get PrEP

    Greg Owen describes how increasing numbers of gay men in London are 'clinic hopping' in order to claim P:E:P (post-exposure prophylaxis) and instead using it as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis).

    13 October 2015 | Greg Owen blog
  • Inside an HIV prevention clinic—trying to transition from PEP to PrEP

    Researchers in Toronto have conducted an observational study to evaluate a program that assessed which patients using PEP would be good candidates for PrEP once their course of PEP was completed.

    16 September 2015 | CATIE
  • High rate of mental health issues found among some PEP users

    Researchers in Boston found that people who sought PEP had a high rate of mental health issues. The Boston team strongly encourages healthcare providers who prescribe PEP to screen and treat potential patients for mental health issues.

    26 August 2015 | CATIE
  • Who’s been using PEP—and would they benefit from PrEP?

    With 50,000 new HIV infections occurring in the U.S. every year, it’s clear that PEP isn’t being used as often as it could be. Using data collected at a large community health center over the past 15 years, two recent studies evaluated who has been accessing and using PEP—and provide insight into how researchers and practitioners can more effectively deploy biomedical prevention strategies moving forward.

    11 June 2015 | Betablog
  • US: Only 1 Confirmed Case of Occupational HIV Acquisition Since 1999

    Only a single health care worker was confirmed to have acquired HIV on the job between 2000 and 2013, according to the CDC.

    14 January 2015 | AIDSMeds
  • NYC Health Dept. Launches PrEP, PEP Outreach Campaign

    To boost awareness of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) to prevent HIV infection, the NYC Department of Health has launched an outreach program targeted to 600 doctors.

    14 January 2015 | Poz magazine news
  • Who’s to blame for misuse of HIV drugs in Kenya?

    Reports of sex workers misusing HIV drugs have left activists wondering if the government invested enough in HIV education before purchasing medicine, worth 4 billion Kenyan shilling. Many sex workers say clients prefer to have unprotected sex and will pay more money for it. This being a business, the women often choose to have unprotected sex, then rush to a public hospital for post-exposure prophylaxis medication, claiming they have been raped or had a burst condom. Some sex workers have also expressed uncertainties about the sustainability of the project, so they go to different hospitals and stockpile the medication, just in case it is no longer available in public hospitals.

    07 January 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • WHO: Guidelines on post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV and the use of co-trimoxazole prophylaxis for HIV-related infections among adults, adolescents and children

    Recommendations for a public health approach - December 2014 supplement to the 2013 consolidated ARV guidelines.

    02 December 2014 | World Health Organization
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