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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is used by HIV negative people after a possible exposure to HIV and should be started within 72 hours of exposure. PEP is for emergency situations. If taken within 72 hours after possible exposure, PEP is highly effective in preventing HIV. PEP is safe but may cause side effects like nausea in some people.

If you find yourself taking PEP regularly or believe yourself to be regularly exposed to HIV then you should start taking PrEP instead. PrEP is taken before exposure by HIV negative people who are at risk of acquiring HIV. PrEP reduces your chances of being infected with HIV.

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Quick guide to starting PEP

For PEP to work, it must be taken within 72 hours of exposure. The sooner you start it the better, every minute counts. You must test HIV negative to start PEP. You need to take PEP daily for 28 days. It is given in a pill format. Missing doses of PEP can make the treatment less effective. It may be helpful to set a daily reminder to remember the time for your dose.

What is a PEP assessment like?

Exposure to HIV is an emergency because HIV establishes infection very quickly. A health care worker will evaluate you rapidly for PEP initiation when care is sought within 72 hours after potential exposure. A HIV test will be done and once confirmed negative PEP will be prescribed. To start PEP now book a consultation with one of Bulamu Bridge AI’s Clinical Officers.  

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HIV Self-Testing

If you have been exposed to HIV infection for instance through a burst or broken condom, unprotected sex from a person with a positive or unknown HIV status, you will need to test negative for HIV to be eligible for PEP. It is important to check that you did not have HIV infection before this risk. There are lots of HIV Self-Tests (HIVSTs) in the market. Bulamu Bridge AI offers two tests for clients to onboard onto PrEP – Mylan and Sure Check. Only Mylan and Sure Check can be used to onboard through Bulamu Bridge AI because of the uniqueness of the online onboarding journey.

You can order a Mylan or Sure Check HIVST from Bulamu Bridge AI here. After completing a 28 day course of PEP, it is important to do another HIV test to ascertain PEP worked and you are still HIV negative and again test 3 months after initial exposure.  

PrEP after PEP

If you are continuously engaging in behaviour that exposes you to contracting HIV or you frequently need PEP, you should consider PrEP to protect yourself. After you have finished your 28 day course of PEP, and test again for HIV, if you are negative you should book a consultation to talk with one of Bulamu Bridge AI’s Clinical Officers about PrEP to protect yourself long-term from HIV infection. Taking PrEP will enable you to continue to live your life as you are while keeping yourself and your relationships HIV free. 


Frequntly Asked Questions

What is Bulamu Bridge Ai?
⦾ ‣ ⁌ ⁍ ⦿ Bulamu Bridge Ai is a business based in Kampala that focuses on maternal health and provides online consultation services

What services does Bulamu Bridge Ai offer?
⦾ ‣ ⁌ ⁍ ⦿ Bulamu Bridge Ai offers online consultation services for expectant mothers. Through our app, we provide access to qualified healthcare professionals who can assist with prenatal care, postpartum support, and maternal health advice.

How does the online consultation process work?
⦾ ‣ ⁌ ⁍ ⦿ To avail our online consultation services, simply download our app and create an account. You can then schedule an appointment with one of our healthcare professionals who will provide personalized advice and guidance. The consultations are conducted through secure video calls, ensuring privacy and convenience for our users.