PEP

PEP stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis.  PEP is HIV medication that is taken by an HIV negative person within 72 hours of a possible exposure to HIV, to help prevent infection.

PEP is generally two medications, taken together, for 28 days.  The sooner after a possible exposure you start PEP, the better.

Hassle Free Clinic does not currently offer PEP.

In general, PEP is obtained at hospital emergency departments.  In Toronto, the following Emergency Departments will give you a starter pack of medication, as well as a prescription for the remainder of the medication.  Make sure you ask the hospital to book you a visit for follow up testing while you are there.

St. Michael’s Hospital – 30 Bond Street

Toronto General Hospital – 200 Elizabeth St.

Mt Sinai Hospital – 600 University Ave.

Toronto Western Hospital – 399 Bathurst St.

For more information about PEP, call the AIDS & Sexual Health Infoline Toll Free: 1-800-668-2437 or 416-392-2437 in Toronto.  You can also chat with them online here.

If you need PEP outside of Toronto, call your local AIDS Service Organization.

You can read more about PEP here.