Health Initiative for Men

How does PEP work?

If you’ve been exposed to HIV and seek medical attention soon enough, a doctor can prescribe a course of powerful anti-HIV medications to take daily for four weeks. In some cases, this treatment stops the virus from taking hold.

If you’ve had a risk incident, such as:

  • a failed condom
  • condomless anal sex with a guy who is HIV positive or whose status you aren’t sure of
  • sharing injection needles,

you may have been exposed to HIV. You should visit a pilot project site, your doctor’s office, or the emergency room as quickly as possible.

PEP is not a cure for HIV. The best way to reduce your risk of picking up HIV is to use condoms during anal sex. Knowing your partner’s HIV status, finding a partner with the same status and PEP are all tools for reducing your risk.

To learn more about reducing your risk, please click here.