Question: How expensive is PEP?

How much does PEP cost? As with any prescription drug there will be a cost involved. Normally a four weeks supply of one drug will cost $22.40. Keep in mind your doctor is likely to prescribe a course consisting of at least two drugs.

How expensive is PEP with insurance?

Paying for PEP If you do have health insurance, co-pays can be upwards of $45 for each prescription depending on the plan.

How much does PEP treatment cost?

A full course of PEP treatment without insurance is costly: usually between $600 to $1,000 at a hospital ER, in addition to other emergency medical costs.

Do I have to pay for PEP?

PEP is available on the NHS for free, but is only given to people who meet guidelines about its use. The best place to get PEP is a sexual health or HIV clinic. If you need PEP over the weekend or outside of office hours, when clinics will often be closed, the best place to go is an Accident and Emergency department.

Can I take PEP for 7 days?

PEP usually isnt given more than 72 hours (3 days) after exposure as studies show it is unlikely to be effective. However, if you are unable to access PEP within the 72 hours, even if it has been up to 5-7 days since the exposure occurred, it is still worth seeking medical advice to see what your options are.

How successful is PEP?

PEP is effective in preventing HIV infection when its taken correctly, but its not 100% effective. PEP can lower the risk of getting HIV infection by more than 80%.

Is PEP effective if taken for 22 days?

Thus, even though PEP is often offered for up to 72 hours after exposure, it should be initiated as early as possible. After 72 hours, PEP is not effective, and there are gradations in efficacy from 24 hours postexposure, to 36, 48, and 72 hours.

What does PEP do to your immune system?

PEP drugs given at this time may help the bodys immune system to stop the virus from replicating (multiplying) in the infected cells of the body. The cells originally infected would then die naturally within a short period of time without producing more copies of HIV.

How long should I test after PEP?

After a course of PEP you need to wait 28 days before testing for HIV. This is because PEP can delay infection. During the time on PEP, the meds might be keeping your viral load undetectable.

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