HIV/AIDS Glossary

Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (oPEP)

Short-term treatment started as soon as possible after high-risk occupational exposure to an infectious agent, such as HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), or hepatitis C virus (HCV). An example of a high-risk occupational exposure is exposure to an infectious agent as the result of a needlestick injury in a health care setting. The purpose of occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (oPEP) is to reduce the risk of infection.

Related Term(s): Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, Occupational Exposure, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

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