PrEP vs PEP: Understanding The Differences
It has been a long time since I've posted about my journey on #PrEP, today I decide to make some time and write something informal. However, this post is not going to be documenting my journey on #PrEP it will be focused on the differences between PEP & PrEP.
The reason I decide to focus on the differences in this piece is that I've noticed a lot of people seem to confuse the two and which is used for what. Firstly, their names say it all; POST-exposure & PRE-exposure. PEP or Post Exposure Prophylaxis is a drug that is administered to people who have had or who think they've had exposure to the HIV virus (POST), e.g. your condom breaks during a one night stand and you panic because you don't know the other person's status, then you'd be given PEP to take for 28 days to help reduce the chance of infection.
PrEP which stands for Pre Exposure Prophylaxis is administered to people who are HIV negative and who believe they could be exposed to the HIV virus (PRE). It is also administered to "high risk groups" (I hate this term) such as sex workers and MSMs . These are the tablets I am also on, I take mine on a daily basis to protect myself from any chance of contracting HIV and possible transmission, these pills are an extra pre-cautionary measure to work in conjunction with condoms because PrEP does not protect against STDs.
To help you understand the differences I have attached an Infographic from AIDSinfo