The basics on PEP

PEP and PrEP can easily be confused.

PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is prescription medication provided to a person who has had unsafe sex or shared a drug injecting equipment. PEP tablets can kill off any HIV in their system.

It’s important to get PEP within 72 hours of unsafe sex, or sharing drug injecting equipment.

Anyone who has had unsafe sex or shared injecting equipment within the last few days should visit their local sexual health clinic, hospital emergency department or GP, and ask about PEP. Not all GPs and health services know much about PEP. Ask the clinic to call the closest sexual health service to find out where PEP is available locally.

Click on the link to read or download our factsheet on PEP:  PEP factsheet