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Taking Vitamins

What Is PEP?

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis is a pill regimen that prevents you from contracting HIV AFTER an exposure

|Post-Exposure Prophylaxis|

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 hoursCall: 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 of where you are in the window -  contact us immediately.

How soon should I take 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.

Pharmacist and Patient
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