- PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an emergency medication that is taken for 28 days to prevent HIV after a recent and possible exposure.
- PEP must be started within 72 hours of a possible exposure to HIV. The sooner, the better–Every hour counts!
- PEP works best when:
- It is taken right away
- You take the full 28-day course every day, as instructed.
- Do not stop taking PEP without talking to your doctor.
- PEP can protect you in an emergency—for example:
- If you had anal or vaginal sex without a condom with someone who has or might have HIV
- PEP can also stop HIV if you were exposed while injecting drugs
PEP can protect you in an emergency—for example:
You had anal or vaginal sex without a condom with someone who is living with HIV or unknown HIV status.
You had anal or vaginal sex and the condom broke with someone who is living with HIV or unknown HIV status.
- You shared a needle, syringe, or other injection drug equipment with someone who is living HIV or unknown HIV status.
- You experienced a sexual assault
- PEP protects people who are not living with HIV. You’ll have to take an HIV test before starting PEP.
- PEP can cause mild side effects, especially at the beginning of the treatment.
- When you finish PEP, you will take another HIV test to make sure that PEP worked
- Consider PrEP if you have had to take PEP more than once.
- If you think you were exposed to HIV within the last 72hours:
- During business hours: immediately contact one of the PrEP Centers ofExcellence.
- After business hours: Immediately go to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room
- Please visit our “Get PEP Now” page for more information!