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Drug therapy to prevent HIV after exposure

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Most people know about the morning-after pill that you can take after sex to lower your chances of pregnancy. But most don’t know you can take drugs after exposure to HIV to reduce the chances of getting the AIDS virus.

Matt Rice has been there. He had sex with someone. Then found out that person has HIV.

“I made a mistake. I think the difference between me and most other people is that I knew about this treatment,” says Matt.

It’s called PEP for post-exposure prophylaxis. Medicines are started as soon as possible within 72 hours of HIV exposure and must be taken for 28 days. Side effects include nausea and diarrhea.

In health care workers who’ve had needle sticks, PEP reduced HIV infections by 79 percent. There’s not as much data for people who’ve had sexual exposure, but the Centers for Disease…

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