Information on post-exposure prophylaxis

  • What should I do if I stepped on a needle stained with blood and bled or if I had sex with someone I think could be at risk for HIV, and the condom broke?
    Go to the Infectious Diseases Department at your local Provincial Hospital immediately and ask about post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP. If it’s been less than 72 hours since your incident happened, you may be able to take medication that could keep you from getting infected with HIV, even if the needle is HIV infected and your partner is HIV-positive. If it’s been longer than 72 hours, PEP will not protect you from HIV, and you will need to explore HIV testing options. In most cases, you will have to wait at least 2 weeks after a possible exposure before an HIV test can provide accurate results.

    If the incident is not a post-occupational HIV exposure or one of the regulated non-occupational post-exposure situations, the person in question may be not considered for prophylaxis. In such cases, there is PEP at some private clinics if the person can afford, such as the Family Medical Practice clinics in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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