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The morning after... Let’s talk about PEP

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis - usually called PEP- is an emergency method of preventing HIV that can be used after a potential risk for HIV. Taking PEP after a potentially risky sexual encounter can stop HIV from taking hold in your body. Taking ‘PEP’ is different to taking ‘PrEP’ (see below). PEP is a 28-day course of anti-HIV medication. The sooner after a possible exposure you start taking PEP the better, but it must be started within 72 hours (3 days). PEP is available from most hospital Emergency Departments and some sexual health clinics.

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In this issue of GCN we celebrate sexuality and all the great things that get us in the mood - feeling safe, respected and seen. To that end, we have an amazing photo series by Hazel Coonagh of the current Mister Leather Ireland. We dive into the world of ‘cam girls’ and have a frank discussion of male sexuality from the editor of Quench, followed by a profile of the wild life of screenwriter David McGillivray. In community news, we look at the launch of Call It Out - a new campaign which aims to address homophobia in Ireland, we get the lowdown on what to expect at the TRANS-FUSION Trans Arts Festival and check in with the keynote speakers at the Gay Health Forum. You can also expect interviews with two super cool LGBT+ musical acts – Ireland’s SOAK and Lebanon's Mashrou' Leila. This is a good one, folks!