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 in their type and severity. Side effects can range from and include: diarrhoea; lethargy and tiredness; vomiting; and, migraine-like headaches. 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 and guidance on how and where to get PEP and even help to facilitate you accessing it. Additionally they can provide advice on whether PEP would be a suitable option for you based upon your risk exposure.

In Melbourne, the fastest and easiest way to get PEP is to go to the Accident and Emergency Department at the Alfred Hospital, Commercial Rd, Prahran. PEP is also available through a number of gay-friendly clinics including the Centre Clinic (St Kilda), Northside Clinic (Fitzroy), Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (Carlton), and Prahran Market Clinic (Prahran).

Another good source of information would be to check out the www.getpep.info website for more information.