A F T E R  C O N T A C T


Even after unprotected exposure, you can still help stop the spread of HIV. Every second counts...

What is PEP?

PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is a short course of HIV medicines taken very soon after possible exposure to HIV to prevent the virus from taking hold in your body. You must start PEP within 72 hours of being exposed to HIV. Every second counts.


PEP should be used only in emergency situations. It is not meant for regular use by people who may be exposed to HIV frequently.


Do I Need PEP?

If you are HIV-negative and you think you may have been recently exposed to HIV, contact us immediately or go to an emergency room right away.


If you are HIV-negative or don’t know your HIV status, and in the last 72 hours you:

  • Think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex (for example, you had a condom break).

  • Shared needles or works to prepare drugs.

  • Were sexually assaulted.

*If you are prescribed PEP, you will need to take the HIV medicines every day for 28 days.You will also need to return to your health care provider at certain times while taking PEP and after you finish taking it for HIV testing and other tests.