Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is HIV medication that is prescribed to a HIV negative person, within 72 hours of potential exposure to HIV. Ideally it should be started within 24 hours. It needs to be taken for 28 days. A&E departments are able to start PEP when our clinics are closed.
PEP is recommended:
- If the partner was HIV positive and not on treatment
- You had anal sex without a condom.
- If you had a partner of unknown HIV status belonging to a group at high risk of HIV (e.g. Gay man or from Africa/ SE Asia)
- You were penetrated anally without a condom
- If you shared injecting needles
PEP is not recommended:
- Your HIV positive partner on treatment and has undetectable virus levels
- Human bites
- Another person’s semen gets in your eye
- You had oral sex (Mouth to vagina/penis)