PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) is the systemic treatment therapy for patients exposed to HIV within 72 hours of possible exposure. The word prophylaxis means to prevent or protect. So this treatment is subjected to prevention from becoming HIV positive.
Types of PEP:
oPEP- occupational post exposure prophylaxis. It is when health care employee takes PEP therapy because of possible exposure to HIV while working.
nPEP- non-occupational post exposure prophylaxis. It is when a person takes PEP because of possible exposure to HIV irrespective of his work.
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