If I need it, I take PEP to stop HIV. That's what works for me.

Post – Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

What is PEP?

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a four-week course of anti-HIV treatment drugs you can take if you think you may have been exposed to HIV through condomless sex or by sharing injecting drug equipment. PEP can stop HIV from establishing itself in the body and prevent you from becoming HIV-positive if it is taken within 72 hours, ideally as soon as possible after the potential exposure to HIV.

PEP needs to be taken within 72 hours

5 Things You Need to Know About PEP

Are there any side effects if I take PEP?

Taking PEP can sometimes cause side-effects, however, these vary from person to person. Side effects can include diarrhoea, headaches and feeling tired. Some of these side effects can be treated with other medications to reduce their effect on your body, but it is important to continue taking the PEP treatment drugs for all 28 days of treatment to maximise the likelihood of them working. It is important to remember that some people experience no side effects at all. If you do experience side effects, talk to your doctor about how to manage them

If you think you've been exposed to HIV then think about getting PEP

Where do I go if I think I need PEP?

If you are in Victoria contact the PEP INFOLINE on 1800 889 887. The PEP INFOLINE will be able to provide you with information on how and where to get PEP. Additionally, they can provide advice on whether PEP would be a suitable option for you based on your risk exposure.

For more information about what is involved in taking PEP and where you can get it from, head to the GET PEP website for more information.