PEP Can Stop You From Getting HIV: ACT launches awareness campaign to educate community on the use and accessibility of anti-HIV medication
October 31, 2013
TORONTO – The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) is launching a new awareness campaign to educate gay, bi and trans men about the effectiveness of PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), an anti-HIV medication that can potentially stop HIV infection within 72 hours of exposure when taken daily over four weeks.
Featuring bold typography that declares “PEP Can Stop You From Getting HIV” the campaign will launch during Halloween outreach activities and includes posters, postcards and condom packs that will be distributed to bars, clubs and bathhouses along Church Street. “It’s important for the community to understand how to access treatment or what the options are for any future exposure that might occur,” says John Maxwell, ACT’s Director of Programs and Services.
ACT supports the use of PEP for emergency situations (e.g. condom break during anal sex, or sexual assault) and notes that it should not be seen as a replacement for other HIV prevention methods such as condoms or the exchange of clean needles/syringes. There is no guarantee that PEP will prevent HIV infection, nor does it provide protection against other sexually transmitted infections. That being said, PEP has the potential to stop HIV infection, and gay and bi men – the community still most affected by HIV in Toronto – need to have accurate information about PEP and how they can access it.
A detailed list of questions and answers regarding PEP and its availability and use can be found on the ACT website at: actoronto.org/pep.
For more information please contact:
Manager of Executive Communications and Administration
AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
416-340-8484 ext. 282