What is PrEP?

If you are HIV negative, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is one pill a day that keeps you that way.  PrEP might be right for you if:

  • You don't always wear a condom
  • You have multiple sex partners
  • You have an HIV-positive partner

What is PEP?

PEP: Post-exposure prophylaxis

Prophylaxis: prevention

PEP is an emergency medicine you take right after you are exposed to HIV.  PEP works best if started right away.

  • If you think you were exposed to HIV, immediately go to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP
  • PEP can protect you in case of an emergency - for example, if you had anal or vaginal sex without a condom with someone who has or might have HIV
  • PEP can also stop HIV if you were exposed while injecting drugs
  • PEP works best if you can take it for the full 28-day course
  • Do not stop taking PEP without talking to your doctor