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 your system.

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

Anyone who has says they have had unsafe sex or share a needle within the last few days should be referred to their local sexual health clinic, hospital emergency department or GP, and advised to ask about PEP. People can be embarrassed about asking for PEP, and not all GPs and health services know much about it. It may be helpful to call the person’s closest sexual health service to find out where PEP is available locally.