PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)

PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)

A treatment that can stop HIV infection after the virus has entered a person's body.

What is PEP?

PEP or Post Exposure Prophylaxis is a combination of HIV drugs that must be taken exactly as instructed for 28 days. PEP stops the HIV virus taking hold. It must be taken within 72 hours of exposure, and ideally should be taken within 24 hours. It’s free and available to people who may have been at high risk of exposure to HIV. This includes unprotected anal sex between men when their HIV status is not known.

The best place to get PEP is a sexual health clinic. Please call us on 01273 523 388 and select option 2.

Phone line opening times:

Monday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Friday 9.15am to 4.30pm

If you need PEP over the weekend or outside of office hours, when clinics will often be closed, the best place to go is an Accident and Emergency department. PEP is not normally available from GPs.