PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) are medications that help prevent the transmission of HIV in the body.
PrEP is a preventative medication that can be taken by people who are at high risk for HIV exposure (men who have sex with men, people with multiple sexual partners, people who inject drugs). PrEP, when taken consistently, can be up to 100% effective in preventing HIV transmission. Click here for information on how to access PrEP.
PEP is an emergency drug that can be started within 72 hours of a potential exposure with HIV and taken for 28 days after. Studies have shown PEP to be about 80% effective. To access PEP in NB, visit your local emergency room.
PEP and PrEP are not funded by the NB government and may require private insurance. Talk with your prescribing physician about what options exist for coverage.