Due to extremely hot weather, the City is implementing a Heat Health Emergency. You can find Cooling Centers, pools, spraygrounds, recreation centers, libraries with extended hours, and older adult centers on our interactive map. For help call the heatline at (215) 765-9040.
In effect: noon on Wednesday, July 17 to 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22

Mental & physical health

Get emergency treatment (PEP) after recent exposure to HIV

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is a medicine available to prevent HIV infections if you believe you may have recently been exposed to HIV (for example, from an unprotected sexual encounter or a needle stick).


PEP involves taking a combination of two medications for 28 days. It is important to start PEP as soon as possible, but no more than 72 hours (three days) after a possible exposure to HIV.

Where and when

You can get PEP from your doctor or local emergency department. If you do not have a doctor or your doctor doesn’t know about PEP, you can come to Health Center 1 (500 S. Broad St.) and say that you may have been exposed to HIV. You will be evaluated to see if you have been exposed and may receive a five-day supply of medication and a referral for a follow-up appointment.


The cost of PEP varies depending on where you get it and may be free depending on your insurance. Call the Health Information Helpline at (215) 985-2437 to find out where you can get an affordable dose of PEP.