What is PEP?
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is an emergency medication that is taken after
possible exposure to HIV. PEP must be started within 72 hours after HIV
exposure to be effective.
PEP is different from PrEP, which is a medicine that is taken before possible
exposure to HIV to prevent infection.
When is PEP recommended?
PEP should be taken immediately within 72 hours of
being exposed to HIV, when you or someone you know has:
- Had unprotected vaginal/anal sex with someone
who is HIV positive.
- Used non-sterile injection equipment.
How can I get PEP?
If you need PEP in Ohio, you should go to an emergency room immediately.
A doctor will assess your risk before prescribing PEP. AHF Healthcare
Center and Equitas Health Medical
Center can also provide PEP in Columbus.
For more information about PEP, click here.