PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) is a course of anti-HIV medications taken over a four week period that can prevent you becoming infected. There can be a range of side effects during treatment but if there’s a possibility that it could prevent you becoming HIV positive, isn’t it worth it?
For PEP to work it needs to be started as soon as possible after exposure – and definitely within 72 hours. And PEP is NOT a substitute for safe sex – using condoms is always the best method of prevention
If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV, call the 24-hour PEP Hotline as soon as possible. You can find out if you’re eligible for PEP and where you can get it.
Tel: 1800 PEP NOW or 1800 737 669 (inside NSW).
Generally, you can get PEP at a sexual health clinic or in the accident and emergency sections of most hospitals.
If you have questions about safe sex or if you have trouble practicing safe sex, call the Gay Men’s Health Hotline on 1800 009 448 or make an appointment to see one of ACON’s counsellors by calling (02) 9206 2000 or 1800 063 060.
Contact: ACON’s HIV Men's Health Promotion Team or ACON's Women & Families Project
Tel: (02) 9699 8756