PrEP vs PEP – Byron Bay

PrEP and PEP are methods for preventing HIV infection that involve taking HIV medicines. When you take steps to protect yourself against a disease, like HIV, it’s called prophylaxis. PrEP and PEP are for people who don’t have HIV, but are at risk of getting it.

What’s it called?


PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis.


PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis.

When is it taken?

Before HIV exposure

PrEP is taken every day, before possible exposure.

After HIV exposure

In emergency situations, PEP is taken within 72 hours (3 days) after possible exposure.

Who is it for?

PrEP is for people who don’t have HIV and:

  • have a sex partner with HIV
  • have sex with people whose HIV status is unknown
  • share injection drug equipment

PEP is for people who don’t have HIV but may have been exposed:

  • during sex
  • at work through a needlestick or other injury
  • by sharing injection drug equipment
  • during a sexual assault

How effective is it?


Consistent use of PrEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% and from injection drug use by at least 74%.


PEP can prevent HIV infection when taken correctly, but it is not always effective. Start PEP as soon as possible to give it the best chance of working.

How do you get it?


Ask us about a prescription for PrEP, or use to find a health care provider in your area.


Contact us within 72 hours or as soon as possible after the potential exposure to get a prescription for PEP, or go to an urgent care facility / emergency room.


At The Bright Side Clinic, we are committed to providing the best in care for your physical, psychological and emotional well-being.