PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) & PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) are accessible medication for people who are at risk of being exposed to HIV, or have been recently exposed. During the appointment, you will discuss information about accessing this medication and may be asked about your health history. By the end of the appointment, you’ll have a better understanding of how to access PEP or PrEP in your area.
What to Expect During a PEP & PrEP Consultation
During a PEP or PrEP consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your health and accessing PEP or PrEP medication.
The goal of this appointment is to clarify any queries or concerns you may have, while providing education on the process and the medication’s potential efficacy.
Handling your personal information with utmost respect and confidentiality is a priority. Your discussions, health history and any other particulars shared during the consultation will be strictly private to ensure your comfort and trust. Moreover, you’ll have access to robust support services, designed to assist you through your journey. These services include providing additional educational resources on PEP & PrEP, guidance on managing any potential side effects and strategies for adherence to the medication regimen.
Accessing PEP & PrEP should be straightforward and economical. Various payment options and potential subsidies or assistance programmes may be available to make the medication more affordable. If you require assistance on accessing this medication, please mention so during your appointment. The goal is to help you receive the healthcare you need for your circumstances.
Post-consultation, a follow-up appointment may be booked to monitor your progress and address any concerns that may arise during the course of your medication. This ensures that your transition to, and maintenance of, PEP & PrEP is smooth and beneficial. The follow-ups will be tailored to your specific needs and circumstances, ensuring a personalised approach to your health and wellbeing.
Can I use PEP or PrEP as a regular contraceptive method?
PEP & PrEP are designed to prevent HIV infection and do not serve as contraceptive methods against other STIs or unintended pregnancies. It’s recommended to use these medications in conjunction with traditional contraceptive methods for comprehensive protection.
What should I do if I miss a dose of my medication?
If you miss a dose of your medication, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed one. It’s important not to take a double dose to make up for a missed one. Adherence to the medication schedule is crucial for its effectiveness.
Can I consume alcohol or other recreational substances while on PEP or PrEP?
While alcohol or recreational substances won’t directly interfere with the efficacy of PEP & PrEP, they can affect your ability to adhere to the medication schedule. It’s advised to moderate substance use while on these medications.
Will PEP or PrEP cause any long-term side effects?
Most side effects from PEP & PrEP, if any, are mild and temporary. However, if you experience persistent or serious side effects, it’s recommended to seek advice immediately.
Does taking PEP or PrEP mean I’m at high risk of HIV?
Taking PEP or PrEP is a proactive measure to prevent HIV infection and does not imply a high risk of contracting HIV. It’s a responsible step towards managing your sexual health.