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How can post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) help with treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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If you think you've been exposed to HIV, see your doctor or another health care provider as soon as possible. They can help you know if you need PEP. If you're often exposed to HIV -- because you have more than one sex partner or inject drugs, for example -- talk with your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) instead.

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)."

National Institutes of Health: AIDSinfo Drug Database.

University of California San Francisco -- Center for AIDS Prevention Studies: "What Is Post-Exposure Prevention (PEP)?"

CDC: "HIV Basics: PEP."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Antiretroviral Postexposure Prophylaxis After Sexual, Injection-Drug Use, or Other Nonoccupational Exposure to HIV in the United States." January 2005.

World Health Organization: "Post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection," December 2014.

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on September 14, 2018

AIDS.gov: "Overview of HIV Treatments," "Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)."

National Institutes of Health: AIDSinfo Drug Database.

University of California San Francisco -- Center for AIDS Prevention Studies: "What Is Post-Exposure Prevention (PEP)?"

CDC: "HIV Basics: PEP."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Antiretroviral Postexposure Prophylaxis After Sexual, Injection-Drug Use, or Other Nonoccupational Exposure to HIV in the United States." January 2005.

World Health Organization: "Post-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV infection," December 2014.

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on September 14, 2018

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