What is PEP?

What is PEP?


Do you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours?
PEP may be an option for you.


PEP, or Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, is medication taken by individuals who may have been exposed to HIV, in order to avoid contracting the virus.


  • It is a combination of antiretroviral (ART) medications that must be taken once or twice daily, for 28 days, within 72 hours of exposure to HIV.
  • While taking PEP, it is important that every pill be taken as directed and no doses are missed.
  • If started soon after exposure, PEP can reduce the risk of HIV acquisition by over 80%.*


PEP should only be used in emergency situations, and not as an ongoing treatment option. If you feel like you may be exposed to HIV on a recurring basis, PrEP may be a good option for you. Learn more about PrEP here.


Do you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours?
PEP may be an option for you.


PEP, or Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, is medication taken by individuals who may have been exposed to HIV, in order to avoid contracting the virus.


  • It is a combination of antiretroviral (ART) medications that must be taken once or twice daily, for 28 days, within 72 hours of exposure to HIV.
  • While taking PEP, it is important that every pill be taken as directed and no doses are missed.
  • If started soon after exposure, PEP can reduce the risk of HIV acquisition by over 80%.*


PEP should only be used in emergency situations, and not as an ongoing treatment option. If you feel like you may be exposed to HIV on a recurring basis, PrEP may be a good option for you. Learn more about PrEP here.