PrEP is not the same as PEP

Pre and Post imageBoth PrEP (which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (which stands for post-exposure prophylaxis) are taken by HIV-negative people to prevent HIV but:

  • PrEP is taken by someone before they might be exposed to HIV.
  • PEP is taken after a person might have come into contact with HIV.
This PrEP information was adapted from a factsheet developed by the ATHENA Initiative, as part of the LEARN project, and is reproduced with permission. LEARN is a two-year project funded by PEPFAR through the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, managed by JSI Research & Training Institute, and led by the ATHENA Initiative and their community partners PIPE and ICWEA.