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Can you start PrEP after you’ve been exposed to HIV?

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is only for people who have an ongoing substantial risk of HIV infection. For those who have had a single high-risk event of potential HIV exposure—such as sex without a condom, needle-sharing injection drug use or sexual assault—there is another option called postexposure prophylaxis, or PEP. PEP must begin within 72 hours of exposure.

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