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Who may benefit from post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)?

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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) may help:

  • People who think they might have been exposed to HIV during sex
  • People who have recently shared needles or other drug-related items
  • Health-care workers who think they've been exposed to HIV on the job

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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