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.