What is a Post-Exposure Prophylaxis?
Post-exposure prophylaxis, also known as post-exposure prevention, is any preventive medical treatment started after exposure to a pathogen to prevent the infection from occurring.
It should be contrasted with pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is used before the patient has been exposed to the infective agent
Where Can I Get Post-Exposure Prophylaxis In South Africa?
How much is post-exposure prophylaxis in South Africa?
HIV negative people who believe they are at res for acquiring HIV and access healthcare in the private sector can access PrEP from an educated GP.
The retail cost for PrEP is R600pm for the original drug (Truvada) or R250pm for a generic version. Some medical aids will contribute to this.
Can I take PEP without a doctor?
You can start PEP up to 72 hours (3 days) after you were exposed to HIV, but don’t wait — it’s really important to start PEP as soon as possible. So if you can’t get to a doctor or nurse right away, go to the emergency room as soon as you can.