Do the PEP Talk
India’s public healthcare system has been unsupportive of sexual minorities. PEP, a critical HIV prevention treatment, is often denied on grounds that are driven by morality rather than medicine. Will this change in the post-Section 377 era?
In June, CM, a 23-year-old who was working in Delhi at the time, dialled 1097. It was a distress call to the AIDS Helpline. CM told the operator that he needed PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) pills, an anti-HIV medication, which needs to be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex, if an individual feels they have been potentially exposed to HIV.