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I had unprotected sex about 36 hours ago and am wondering if

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I had unprotected sex about 36 hours ago and am wondering if there is a medication that one can take after to prevent hiv. I have no real reason to be concerned outside of having unprotected sex but want to be sure.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 1 month ago.

Dear customer,

Thanks for your question.

This is known as post-exposure prophylaxis (or PEP) and this is a way to prevent HIV infection after a possible recent exposure to HIV and involves taking HIV medications. These medications must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. To receive these medications and also to assess your risk for HIV you need to consult your health care provider or an emergency room doctor immediately.

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