WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PEP?
Want to talk to someone about PEP?
1800-889-887 is a free call number. The information is available in 9 languages: Arabic, English, Indonesia, Mandarin, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese. An interpreter service can also be arranged in these languages if required.
Pros and Cons of taking PEP
- Taking PEP may prevent you from becoming HIV positive.
- You only need to take PEP for a month. If you become HIV positive you may have to take anti-HIV treatments for a lifetime.
- Taking PEP can cause a number of unpleasant temporary side-effects including nausea and headaches.
- You have to remember to take PEP at regular times for a month.
Tips when accessing or taking PEP
When going to ask for PEP
- It's a good idea to take a friend with you for support
- Be clear when talking to nurses and doctors about what has happened and why you feel you are at risk of HIV infection.
- Don't do it all alone. Make sure you have someone you can talk to, either your partner, a friend or contact the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (9663-2939 or 1800-184-527)
How can I remember to take my PEP?
- Take your medications at the same time you brush your teeth morning and night - and place the medications near your toothbrush so you will notice them.
- Set the alarm on your mobile phone to remind you to take your medications
- Get someone you trust to remind you to take your medications
Taking recreational drugs while you are on PEP
Taking recreational drugs while on PEP can be risky. Recreational drugs can have bad side effects in combination with some of the PEP drugs. The VAC/GMHC recommends not using recreational drugs if you are currently taking PEP. If you wish to take recreational drugs while on PEP, talk to the doctor who prescribed you PEP.
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