is a pill regimen that prevents you from contracting HIV AFTER an exposure.
If you have had a recent exposure to HIV, or had condom-less sex with someone who is HIV-positive of unknown viral load status or whose status you do not know, in the last 72 hours -
Call: 510-646-1350 immediately.
If outside of 9-5pm - visit your local Emergency Room.
Note: The sooner you begin PEP in the 72-hour window after a possible exposure - the more effective PEP is.
In some instances, PEP can be warranted after the 72-hour window. If you are concerned about a recent exposure to HIV, regardless where you are in the window - contact us immediately.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PEP
PEP is time sensitive and should be taken as soon as possible after an exposure.
You have a 72-hour (3-day) window after an exposure to take PEP (but the sooner the better).
PEP is not 100% effective, but if it is started within 72 hours of a potential HIV exposure, it can greatly reduce your risk of contracting HIV.
PEP involves taking HIV medication (three to four drugs, often in one pill) for 28 days AFTER a high risk HIV exposure in order to prevent HIV infection.