Antibiotics for STD prevention DoxyPEP is a prescription antibiotic regimen that can be taken after an unprotected sexual encounter to reduce the risk of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Similar to how emergency contraception protects against pregnancy, DoxyPEP treatment is designed to proactively help protect against STDs when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex!
How Does DoxyPEP Work?
DoxyPEP stands for Doxycycline Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. Let’s break that down: Doxycycline is a type of antibiotic that is used to treat multiple types of bacterial infections (including STDs and STIs). “Post-exposure” refers to the period of time after the possibility of exposure to an STD (such as after a sexual encounter where condoms weren’t used). “Prophylaxis” is an action taken to prevent disease. If you’ve engaged in sexual activity and are concerned about your STI risk, you can take DoxyPEP the following day to prevent certain STI bacteria from taking hold in your system.
- Do not take with dairy, calcium, antacids, or isotretinoin.
- Speak with your provider if you are currently taking anticoagulants like Warfarin, penicillins, barbiturates, and antiepileptic medications like carbamazepine and phenytoin.