HIV-PrEP and HIV-PEP
Every minute, around the world there are 10 newly infected cases with HIV. At MEDICOLONIA we want to participate helping to stop this global crisis providing information, services and diagnostic and as a final result prevent new cases.
We are offering at MEDICOLONIA a high personalized, 100% COMPLETE CONFIDENTIAL support to our patients including blood evaluation (HIV Test, Hepatitis B) and pre or post contact medication to avoid any chance to acquire the HI-Virus.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.
When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk. PrEP is effective if it is taken consistently.
PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Post-exposure prophylaxis or PEP means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.
PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV, but the sooner you start PEP, the better. Every hour counts. If you’re prescribed PEP, you’ll need to take it once or twice daily for 28 days. PEP is effective in preventing HIV when administered correctly.