Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
|If you are HIV-negative, you might be considering a so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). However, it is not a substitute for safer sex, because unlike condoms, PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). PrEP can also cause serious adverse effects, although these are often not immediately noticeable. PrEP should therefore only be done under medical supervision. It is best to ask a specialist doctor about this.
PrEP should not be mistaken for emergency treatment after a risk situation, so-called post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP for short. PEP can reduce the risk of infection after a risk situation. So if you are at high risk of HIV infection, contact a counselling centre, a specialised medical practice or a clinic very quickly – preferably immediately – and get advice on PEP.
Here you can find clinics that offer a PrEP
|If something goes wrong during sex, a so-called post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP for short, can be useful in certain situations – besides the usual immediate measures. After a risk situation, this can significantly reduce the probability of being infected with HIV.
In a PEP, special medication is taken over a 4-week period to prevent infection with HIV after a risk contact. In most cases this is successful – but PEP does not provide 100% certainty.
A doctor has to decide whether a PEP is suitable for you. However, PEP only makes sense in very specific situations – for example, if the condom breaks during sex with an HIV-positive person. In such a case, you should act quickly and start using PEP as soon as possible – within 24 hours if possible – after a consultation.
Please note: PEP is a complex medical treatment, which is only intended for exceptional situations. It is not a substitute for condoms! However, if there is a real risk that you have become infected with HIV, the costs of PEP is covered by health insurance.
Here you can find clinics that offer PEP: