Think You Were Exposed to HIV?

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)

If you think you’ve contracted HIV, there is a medication called PEP that can prevent HIV from taking hold in your body.

PEP is an HIV medication you can take within the first three days (72 hours) after you think you may have been exposed to HIV. The sooner you take PEP, the more effective it is! You’ll have to take the pill every day for about a month.

Here are some example scenarios when PEP may be needed
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You were really drunk or high and didn’t use a condom.
You didn’t stick to your safer sex plan and are worried.
You don’t know if the other person was poz or not.
The condom broke during sex.
You were sexually assaulted.
(If you have been sexually assaulted, you can also tell the person prescribing you PEP that you would like to talk to a counselor about this. Remember, you are not alone.)

If you think you’ve been at risk for becoming HIV-positive, go to your local emergency room and ask to speak with an infectious disease doctor to see if PEP is right for you.

HIV Risk Reduction Tool

The HIV Risk Reduction Tool is a way to see what your risk of HIV is from a single exposure to the virus. You might find it helpful!

Getting Connected

If you think you were exposed to HIV, it’s important to have safe, confidential spaces where you can talk about your risk with a service provider or a healthcare provider, or access testing services. Try to find resources near you, and check out HIV Testing for more information.