Does PEP Have Long Term Effects?

How long does PEP last?

How Long Do I Need to Take PEP.

If you are prescribed PEP, you will need to take the HIV medicines every day for 28 days.

You will also need to return to your health care provider at certain times while taking PEP and after you finish taking it for HIV testing and other tests..

How bad are pep side effects?

The most common side-effects were fatigue (37% of PEP users), diarrhoea (25%), nausea (24%), flatulence (24%), abdominal cramps (21%), bloating (16%), headache (15%), vivid dreams (15%), depression (10%) and thirst (10%).

What does PEP do to the body?

When PEP is taken, the HIV drugs get into the bloodstream and the genital and rectal tissues. If there is HIV in the body, the drugs can prevent HIV from replicating within the body’s immune cells, and help to prevent a permanent infection from developing.

What is the success rate of pep?

Adherence to a full 28-day course of ARVs is critical to the effectiveness of the intervention. Recent evidence shows PEP uptake has been insufficient: only 57% of the people who initiated PEP have completed the full course and rates were even lower at 40% for victims of sexual assault.

Does Pep weaken the immune system?

PEP does not “strengthen the immune system.” PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is a combination of antiretroviral drugs. They are used in this setting to try to prevent HIV transmission (infection) following an exposure.

What causes pep failure?

PEP failure, when it occurs, is usually attributed to delayed initiation, transmitted drug resistance, or suboptimal medication adherence.

Can you test positive while on PEP?

After a course of PEP you need to wait 28 days before testing for HIV. This is because PEP can delay infection.

Can I take PEP for 30 days?

Drugs used for PEP PEP should be taken for 28 days. It is important to take all the doses, at the right time and in the right way, to give PEP the best chance of working. You might be given an additional two days’ drugs if you have been at risk of exposure in the last 48 hours of the course of PEP.

How many times can you take PEP?

You take PEP 1-2 times a day for at least 28 days. The medicines used in PEP are called antiretroviral medications (ART). These medicines work by stopping HIV from spreading through your body.

Does Pep cause liver damage?

In addition, three patients reported rash a median of ten days after the initiation of PEP, leading one patient to discontinue therapy. Two patients developed mild liver toxicities (grade 1 and grade 2) 14 and 28 days after starting PEP, and there were two instances of severe liver toxicity.

Can you drink alcohol on PEP?

Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication. Women under the age of 20 should not take this medicine. Keep these medications out of the sight and reach of children.

Is Pep effective after 10 days?

You must start the treatment as soon as possible after you’ve been exposed to HIV, ideally within a few hours. The medicines must be taken every day for 28 days (4 weeks). PEP is unlikely to work if it’s started after 3 days (72 hours) and it won’t usually be prescribed after this time.