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Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

PEP is a combination of HIV medication (antiretroviral drugs) that can be used to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV when a person has had unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive or where there is a high chance of them being HIV positive.

If PEP drugs are given within 72 hours of risk (ideally within 24 hours), they may reduce the chance of someone becoming HIV positive.

If you have been exposed to HIV by having unprotected sex with someone you know or believe to be HIV positive, PEP may be an option for you. Deciding whether to take PEP is a complicated issue and is done on a case-by-case basis.

PEP can be obtained from any Sandyford service and out of hours from Accident and Emergency.