PrEP vs. PEP: What’s the Difference?

In previous blogs, we wrote about two different types of medications that can prevent HIV transmission: PrEP and PEP. We realize, though, that understanding how these medications differ from one another can be confusing. So, we thought it worthwhile to explain how they contrast in detail.

With that having been said, check out the table below for a side-by-side comparison of these two very important medications:

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
What is PEP? What is PrEP?
Medicine taken to prevent HIV infection after you may have been exposed to HIV.One pill a day medication taken that greatly reduces the risk of getting HIV before exposure occurs.
When is PEP right for you?When is PrEP right for you?
In the last 72 hours you:
• May have been exposed to HIV during sex (e.g. condom broke)
• Shared needles and works to prepare drugs, or
• Were sexually assaulted
You are HIV negative and:
• You’re a man who has sex with men
• Your partner is HIV positive
• You’re heterosexual and have unprotected sex
• You inject drugs and share needles
How effective is PEP?How effective is PrEP?
Very! But you must begin taking PEP within 72 hours to be effective.Very! When taken daily, PrEP is 99% effective in stopping HIV transmission from sex.
Where can you get PEP?Where can you get PrEP?
The Project offers PEP through same-day and walk-in appointments. You can also request PEP through your health care provider.The Project is a PrEP Clinic, and you can receive all your PrEP care and medication in one place. This includes on-site lab and pharmacy.
What is the cost of PEP?What is the cost of PrEP?
The Project is typically able to provide PEP at no cost to you.The Project is typically able to provide PrEP services at no cost to you.

Schedule a Free Consult

Have more questions? Want to get access to PrEP or PEP? You can schedule a free consult online or by phone at 309-762-5433.

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