PEP is not a
substitute for consistent condom use. Studies
suggest that most men who have taken PEP are
likely to have less unsafe sex afterwards and
are unlikely to seek PEP again. 2, This is
because taking PEP is not an easy option. If you
take PEP you will have to cope with the same
side effects that men on HIV medication suffer,
as well as the hassle of having to remember to
take your meds at set times during the day.
PEP will not make you immune to HIV infection.
If you have unsafe sex while you are taking PEP
or after you have finished a course of PEP, you
may become infected with HIV.
Martin JN et al. Use of post-exposure
prophylaxis against HIV infection following
sexual exposure does not lead to increases in
high-risk behaviour. AIDS 18: 787-792, 2004.