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Exposure to HIV

HIV EXPOSURE

If you think that you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, you may need post exposure prophylaxis, contact your preferred clinic directly to access an emergency appointment

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is HIV medication that is prescribed to a HIV negative person, within 72 hours of potential exposure to HIV. If you need PEP, this works best if it is started as soon as possible.

If you require PEP, walk in or call your local clinic during opening hours.

If we are not open, please attend A&E.

PEP IS RECOMMENDED:
  • If the partner was HIV positive and not on treatment
  • You are a man who had anal sex with another man 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)
  • Chemsex with sharing of needles
  • Other situations which could have put you at significant risk of catching HIV

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)
  • You are taking PrEP correctly
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