Quick Answer: Can I Take PEP More Than 28 Days?

Is Pep effective at 48 hours?

This, as highlighted above, has been demonstrated in animal models.

Thus, even though PEP is often offered for up to 72 hours after exposure, it should be initiated as early as possible.

After 72 hours, PEP is not effective, and there are gradations in efficacy from 24 hours postexposure, to 36, 48, and 72 hours..

Can I take PEP for 2 weeks?

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.

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.

Do I have to take PEP at the same time everyday?

Take your drugs at the same time each day (e.g., after breakfast, after dinner). Put your PEP drugs near something you use daily, as a reminder. Take your medications at the same time you brush your teeth – and place the medications near your toothbrush so you will notice them.

How long after taking PEP should I get tested?

When should I have an HIV test after taking PEP? It is recommended that you be tested at 2 time points after starting PEP. The first test at 6 weeks can detect early HIV infection. If the test is positive, early detection has the benefit of being able to start HIV treatment as soon after infection as possible.

Can I test immediately after Pep?

The Joint WHO/ILO guidelines on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection recommends HIV testing at baseline, immediately after completing PEP (i.e. 4 to 6 weeks post exposure) and again ‘3 – 6 months post exposure’.

How many days should I take PEP?

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.

Can I take PEP after 5 days?

PEP usually isn’t given more than 72 hours (3 days) after exposure as studies show it is unlikely to be effective. However, if you are unable to access PEP within the 72 hours, even if it has been up to 5-7 days since the exposure occurred, it is still worth seeking medical advice to see what your options are.

What causes pep failure?

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

What happens if you miss a day of pep?

Do not double a dose if you miss one. If you do miss a dose and you remember in less than 24 hours, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you miss more than 48 hours of PEP ( two consecutive doses ) it will be discontinued.

Can I 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.

What is the success rate for PEP treatment?

How well does PEP work? PEP does not prevent 100% of HIV infections but it is very effective at preventing HIV if used consistently and correctly. Observational research suggests that PEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV by more than 80%, which means some people in the studies acquired HIV despite taking PEP.

Why does PEP have to be taken for 28 days?

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is the use of short-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) to reduce the risk of acquisition of HIV infection following exposure. Current guidelines recommend a 28-day course of ART within 36–72 hours of exposure to HIV.

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.