HIV - S100, PrEP & PEP
HIV prescribing - PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it involves HIV-negative individuals taking a daily antiretroviral drug to protect themselves from getting infected with HIV.
Similar to the contraceptive pill's function in preventing unplanned pregnancy, PrEP is taken daily before any potential exposure to HIV.
Our clinic offers PrEP to individuals at high risk of HIV exposure, and our PrEP patients are health-conscious and responsible individuals who understand the risks of HIV transmission.
PrEP is a long-term commitment, requiring daily medication adherence and regular checkups.
HIV prescribing - Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Symptoms of frequently occurring STIs include chlamydia, human papillomavirus (HPV), and herpes. Gonorrhea is also becoming more common and concerning due to increased resistance.
Symptoms may or may not manifest in individuals infected with these STIs.
Tests for these STIs vary in their accuracy and availability.
Less common blood-borne viruses, such as HIV or syphilis, typically show symptoms but can pose significant risks if left untreated.While we strongly advocate for safe practices, we understand that there are instances when precautions may not be taken.
PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a four-week HIV treatment course that helps prevent HIV infection.
PEP functions by halting the virus's replication after recent exposure. When started promptly, PEP can eliminate HIV-infected cells before the virus establishes itself in the body.
If you suspect potential exposure to HIV, such as engaging in condomless anal sex, experiencing condom breakage, or sharing needles, it is crucial to begin PEP as soon as possible, ideally within a few hours of the event if feasible.
HIV S100 Prescribers
As S100 prescribers, we have the authority to care for individuals with existing HIV infections. This includes offering appropriate medication and comprehensive holistic care to address all aspects of their health.