(Post-exposure prophylaxis)

After exposure (“Morning after Pill for HIV”)

How is PEP Different from PrEP?

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a medication you take within 72 hours after you may have been exposed to HIV and which helps to prevent infection.


An exposure may mean having unprotected sex with someone who has HIV or someone you are concerned may have HIV. Sex may include oral, vaginal, or anal. The sooner you start PEP the better. You need to take the medication for 28 days after your exposure.


If you are exposed, you should immediately go to an emergency room or urgent care center, you may also page 1-401-460-AIDS(2437).