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PEP is a daily pill taken for 28 days to prevent HIV after exposure. Make an appointment within 72 hours of exposure to see if PEP is right for you. 


What is PEP? 

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a daily pill regimen taken for 28 days that prevents HIV infection after coming into contact with HIV. Much like emergency contraception is taken to prevent pregnancy, PEP is an emergency medicine that can stop HIV infection if taken as soon as possible.

It must be taken within 72 hours after potential exposure to HIV. It reduces your risk of contracting HIV by 80 percent. 

Who is PEP for? 

PEP is for HIV-negative people who may have been exposed to HIV through sex in the last 72 hours. For example, sex without a condom or sex during which the condom broke. 

PEP can also help if you were a victim of sexual assault or exposed to HIV due to intravenous drug use. It must be taken within 72 hours after contact with HIV.

What are the side effects of PEP?

There can be side effects of PEP, like stomach aches and feeling tired. But PEP side effects aren’t dangerous, and they can be treated. Talk with your nurse or doctor if you have side effects that are really bothering you.

If PEP doesn’t work, you may have symptoms of the first stage of an HIV infection, like a fever or rash. If you have these symptoms while you’re on PEP, or within a month after finishing PEP, call your nurse or doctor.

What is PEP?

What is PEP?

Check out this video from Planned Parenthood Federation of America on all things PEP!

Make an appointment TODAY.

Call 1-800-230-7526 to make an appointment at one of our health centers. Your appointment will include an HIV test and PEP counseling. 

Reminder: You should take PEP as soon as possible after possible exposure to HIV. You must start the regimen within 72 hours of exposure. 

PrEP: Preventive pill before exposure

PrEP is a pre-exposure prevention method which means that you’re constantly protected, before exposure to HIV even happens! PrEP is a daily pill regimen that is a more effective means of protecting yourself from HIV. 

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