FAQS AND MYTHS

KNOWING FACT FROM MYTH HELPS REDUCE HIV-RELATED STIGMA, IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HIV

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If you think you have put yourself at risk of HIV infection, you should go and get a free and confidential test
at your local sexual health clinic. You could also get a self-testing kit if you would rather
test yourself at home.

If you know you have put yourself at risk and it is within 72 hours of possible exposure to HIV, you can ask for
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) treatment from a sexual health clinic or A&E. PEP is not guaranteed to prevent
HIV infection but the sooner it is taken the more effective it can be.


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PEP or Post Exposure Prophylaxis is a medical treatment that can prevent HIV infection after the virus has
entered the body.

If you have put yourself at risk of HIV infection you can go to a sexual health clinic or hospital A&E department
and they can usually prescribe a course of PEP drugs. You need to start PEP ideally within 24 hours of the risk occurring and no later than 72 hours. The longer you wait the less chance there is of PEP working.

It is not guaranteed you will get PEP if you ask for it. The doctor you see will advise you whether they recommend
it based on the level of risk involved. They will also ask you to have an HIV test before and after taking PEP. PEP
won't be offered if you refuse to be tested.


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