The abbreviation PEP refers to the use of a condom during sex. However, the probability that this is exactly what happens is low.
Although it is a Condom one of the safest contraceptives available, the rubbers can of course burst. However, this happens - fortunately - rather rarely. If such an accident does happen, it is usually due to improper use of the rubbers.
This means that users have caused slight damage to the surface of the condom, for example, by using jewellery or nails that are too sharp.
The movements during sex often create a small hole that expands more and more and in the end allows sperm to escape.
In the case of heterosexual relationships, the "morning-after pill" is often resorted to here. But what is actually to be done among gays?
Many gay men who have been confronted with a broken condom decide to undergo a so-called "HIV-PEP" measure immediately after the mishap. This is a special type of prevention that lasts for about four weeks. Here, the body is given so-called antiretroviral drugs that are supposed to counteract the multiplication of the HIV virus - if an infection should have occurred at all.
In a way, the principle is similar to the famous "morning-after pill", as it also acts as a preventive measure.
Of course, a PEP measure - just like the "morning-after pill" - should be an exception! No one should consciously decide to have unprotected sexual intercourse in order to take medication over a period of several weeks afterwards. The meaning behind the PEP principle is (understandably) different. The corresponding options should only be resorted to in an emergency.