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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).

Overview

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 (1930 S. Broad St., 2nd floor) and say that you may have been exposed to HIV. A healthcare provider will conduct a full evaluation to determine your exposure. Treatment and follow-up is available onsite for those with a possible exposure occurring within the recommended 72-hour time frame.

Cost

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.


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