PEP is short for post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is different from PrEP. PEP is a sort of morning-after pill for HIV and must be taken within 72 hours of possible HIV exposure. If someone who is HIV negative and not already taking PrEP experiences sexual violence or has sex without a condom with someone who might be living with HIV, they should reach out to a doctor or local AIDS Service Organization about starting PEP. PEP is a 28-day prescription of powerful anti-HIV medications and should only be taken when necessary.

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