There is NO CURE for HIV EXCEPT…
Within 72 hours of any POTENTIAL EXPOSURE to HIV, you can prevent a HIV infection by taking a course of medications known as PEP.
These are tablets that if taken within 72 hours of any POTENTIAL EXPOSURE to HIV, will SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE (up to 99%) the chance of HIV infection.
There is unfortunately NO WAY to conclusively know within 72 hours if you have HIV.
So if you are NOT SURE, DO NOT TAKE THE RISK. There is NO CURE for HIV.
See our doctor and decide if PEP could save your life.Click here for more Info on PEP at Our Clinics including Prices
PEP International Expert Opinion
The WHO defines Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) as:
a short-term antiretroviral treatment to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection after potential exposure, either occupationally or through sexual intercourse.
Quotes from the Joint WHO/ILO Guidelines on Post-Exposure Prophylaxis to Prevent HIV Infection:
‘In sexual exposure, the potential for HIV transmission arises if a condom was not used, broke or came off.’
With regards to oral sex, ‘the risk may increase if the exposed individual has the significant oral disease, and HIV PEP may be offered in such cases.’
‘When there is a risk of HIV transmission, post-exposure prophylaxis should be initiated as soon as possible, within hours and no later than 72 hours following the potential exposure.’
‘Initiating PEP within 12, 24 or 36 hours of exposure is more effective than initiating it 48 or 72 hours following exposure.’
HIV PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) FAQ
What is PEP?
PEP stands for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis.
It is a regime of medication given to a patient after he/she has been exposed to HIV. It can potentially prevent the onset of HIV/AIDS. It is the only chance we have of ‘curing’ HIV.
Who should take the PEP?
PEP medicines are prescribed to anyone who has had a high-risk exposure to HIV. This includes the exposure of the vagina, rectum, eye, mouth or other mucous membranes or non-intact skin with the blood, semen, vaginal secretions, rectal secretions, breast milk or any bodily fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood of a person known to be infected with HIV. If the HIV status of the partner is unknown, decision to start PEP is made on a case-by-case basis depending on the risk assessment. This will be determined by our doctor after a thorough interview.
When should PEP be started?
PEP must be started as soon as possible after exposure. The earlier PEP is started, the more effective it is.
PEP must be started within 72 hours after exposure.
How is PEP started?
You will first see our doctor and undergo a thorough interview and examination to determine if you are a candidate for PEP.
Once we have decided on PEP treatment, you will first undergo a rapid HIV test to determine your HIV status. Patients who are HIV positive will NOT be given PEP.
We will then draw blood and urine to test for all other STDs, Complete Blood Count, Liver Function Tests and Kidney Function Tests.
You will then be prescribed the PEP medications which you will take for 1 month. You MUST complete the course of medication.
When can I be sure that I do not have HIV?
You must be followed up for 3 months after PEP treatment.Click here for more Info on When to test for HIV during and after PEP
You will be required to undergo HIV testing during your initial visit, 1 month and 3 months after starting PEP.
You must come back earlier for evaluation if you experience a combination of any of the following symptoms that might suggest a HIV infection:
- Enlarged Lymph Glands
- Body aches, Joint aches
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Weight Loss
What other follow up do I need to do?
We will also need to monitor your Liver Function, Kidney Function and Blood Count during your follow-up visits.
On case-by-case basis, we might also need to repeat tests for other STDs.Click here to see the full range of our HIV/STD Services
What if I also have other STDs?
If any of our tests show any other STDs, you will be given appropriate std treatment in Singapore and follow-up. This will not affect your PEP treatment.
Need more advice?
- Robertson Walk (Anonymous HIV Clinic) (+65 6238 7810)
- DUO Galleria (Bugis MRT) (+65 6976 5023)
- Novena Medical Centre (+65 6397 2095)
- Somerset – Orchard Building (+65 6262 0762)
- Raffles Place – PLUS (+65 6962 7144)
- Holland V (+65 6235 1339)
- Siglap (East Coast Road) (+65 6962 2144)
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About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.