PrEP, or “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis,” is a pill that can reduce your chances of getting HIV by over 90%, if taken daily. PrEP can be used by anyone who is HIV-negative but is at risk for contracting the virus. PrEP can help people to feel more in control of their HIV status, help them achieve their sexual health goals, and have pleasurable sex lives.
PEP, short for “Post-Exposure Prophylaxis,” is 28 days of medication that can prevent you from getting HIV if taken within 72 hours (3 days) of a possible exposure (i.e. sexual contact, sharing needles). Your healthcare provider can prescribe PEP, or you can search this map for a PEP provider near you. You may also go to an ER and ask for PEP.