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).

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.

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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.

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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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