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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)


PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) means taking antiretroviral medicines after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.

Up to two million new HIV infections occur yearly worldwide. As there is no effective vaccine to prevent HIV transmission, prevention strategies are needed to reduce HIV acquisition.




If in the last 72 hours, you have;

  • been exposed to HIV during sex (for example, if the condom broke),
  • shared needles or needle-stick injury
  • been sexually assaulted
  • HIV-negative or don’t know your HIV status



Pre-exposure prophylaxis therapy (or PrEP) is to prevent HIV infection before exposure, if you are at very high risk for HIV. 

Post- exposure prophylaxis (PEP) means taking medicines after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. For example, if the condom breaks or exposed through an injection, PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started right away (within 3 days) after a recent exposure to HIV for 28 days. 


Can I start PEP without an in-person doctor visit?

Yes, with telemedicine, it is possible. "Start Now" to get a prescription sent to your pharmacy.