CLEO HIV infection

We’re living in an era where a car was sent to space, so while there still is no known cure for HIV, you may actually be able to prevent an infection if you happen to be exposed to the virus.

If you suspect that you’re at risk of contracting HIV, you can undergo something called Post-Exposure Prohylaxis (PEP) — it involves taking antiretroviral drugs for a month to reduce the risk of HIV infection. The catch however is that this treatment is only worth a shot if you came into contact with the virus less than 72 hours ago.

Common side effects include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, headache and even difficulty sleeping. But according to DSC Clinic, PEP will not be helpful if you’ve had multiple high-risk exposures over a prolonged period of time or continue to be at high risk for exposure.

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It should be noted that there is no guarantee that PEP will be effective. It also shouldn’t be used as a HIV prevention method and you can generally practise safer sex by having one partner at a time, using condoms the right way and going for regular STI and HIV screenings.

Got concerns or questions? Be sure to consult a doctor. Aside from DSC Clinic, other local sexual health clinics you can go to include Dr Tan & Partners and Shim Clinic.

Stay safe, guys.

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