Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

Exposure to HIV is a Medical Emergency

The "What is PEP" fact sheet has information about PEP and what to expect when you go for a PEP evaluation. Print this fact sheet and bring it with you to the emergency room.

PEP provides emergency protection after a possible exposure to HIV, but you must act quickly. After a possible exposure to HIV, you may be able to stop the infection by taking medications. Do not delay. PEP needs to be taken as soon as possible after you may have been exposed.  PEP is less likely to work when taken more than 72 hours after exposure.  For more information about PEP see:

If you think you have been exposed, some local pharmacies can provide the first week of PEP. If that option is not available in your community, go to a hospital emergency room or talk to your medical provider right away.


Information for Individuals Who May Have Been Exposed to HIV

PrEP/PEP Voluntary Directory

  • A list of PrEP/PEP prescribers who have volunteered to be included in the directory. Please see the PrEP-AP Participating Providers list (below) if you are seeking a PrEP prescriber who also participates in PrEP-AP.

New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

Addressing the Cost

Medication Information

Access to New Sterile Syringes and Syringe Disposal

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Condoms - You Need These as Well if You are Sexually Active

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)