HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), when used correctly, can be effective in reducing the chance of becoming HIV positive after exposure.
PEP involves starting a 28 day (+/-) regimen of daily antiretroviral medicines as soon as possible, but no more than 72 hours (3 days) after exposure to HIV.
Taking PEP does not guarantee that someone exposed to HIV will not become infected with HIV. If you are prescribed PEP, you will need to return for HIV testing at 4 to 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months after the potential exposure to HIV. Because PEP is not always effective, you should always use condoms with sex partners while taking PEP and should not share injection equipment with others.
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If you believe you may have been exposed to HIV, please call us immediately!
PEP is covered by some insurances. If your insurance does not cover PEP, you are without insurance, or you need help with
out-of-pocket costs, there are assistance programs you may be eligible for.
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PEP is not intended for use as a regular HIV prevention method. If you are frequently at risk of HIV exposure, please call us for an appointment to discuss more appropriate options. For more information, click here.