HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis
HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a medicine given to people who are at high risk of getting HIV. They are up to 99% effective in preventing a HIV infection.
You are a potential candidate for PEP if:
- You have been exposed to potentially HIV infected body fluids
- Your exposure was less than 72 hours ago
Factors that can increase the risk of HIV infection include:
- Condom Break
- Presence of Blood (e.g. Menses)
- Presence of cuts
- Presence of Ulcers
- You are not circumcised
These medicines have to be started within 72 hours after possible infection/exposure.
They are taken twice a day for 1 month.
The side effects vary from person to person and also depend on which medicines are used.
Our clinic uses the medicines as recommended by the latest US CDC guidelines. These medicines have very limited side effects. From my experience, more than 9 out of 10 patients do not have any side effects at all. Those that do usually only have mild nausea.
These medicines cost $1800 at our clinic. The total cost including consultation, blood tests and taxes comes up to about $2000 to $2200. Click here for cost breakdown and details.
A repeat HIV test will be done once the medicines are finished (1 month). This HIV test will already be very accurate. In my personal experience, I feel that it is 100% accurate. We will also do another HIV test at 3 months post exposure (2 months after finishing PEP) as recommended by the guidelines.
Need more advice?
- Robertson Walk (Anonymous HIV Clinic) (+65 6238 7810)
- DUO Galleria (Bugis MRT) (+65 6976 5023)
- Novena Medical Centre (+65 6397 2095)
- Somerset – Orchard Building (+65 6262 0762)
- Raffles Place – PLUS (+65 6962 7144)
- Holland V (+65 6235 1339)
- Siglap (East Coast Road) (+65 6962 2144)
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Selected clinics are open on Saturday and Sunday.
For lady patients who prefer female doctors, we have professional certified female Doctors to attend to your medical needs.
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If you need a HIV test visit Our Clinics anytime during our opening hours. You do not need an appointment.
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If you had a high risk exposure to HIV within the past 72 hours, you can take medicines to reduce your risk of actually contracting HIV. Find out more on HIV PEP Treatment.Click Here for Contact Details, Address and Opening Times.
About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.