You can access PEP from Sandyford and Steve

You can access PEP by coming to the Steve Retson Project and Sandyford during our opening hours. You do not need an appointment to access PEP. Outwith these times please attend your local A&E department.

What is PEP?

PEP stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis and it is a short course of anti-HIV medication (tablets) that is taken for 28 days. The sooner PEP is started the more effective it will be. A medical professional needs to assess whether PEP should be prescribed or not.

In what circumstances would I be prescribed PEP?

If you have had condomless anal sex (or your condom broke or came off during sex) with someone who has HIV or whose HIV status you do not know, you should think about taking PEP.

If you are HIV positive and think you may have exposed a partner to HIV, let them know about PEP and where they can get it. It’s a 4 week course of anti-HIV drugs which may prevent HIV infection, but only if you start the treatment as soon as possible after being exposed.

PEP is most effective when started within 24 hours of exposure and can be effective up to 72 hours (3 days) after exposure. To be assessed for PEP, contact Sandyford during the day or Accident and Emergency Services when Sandyford is closed.

What do I need to know?

PEP is not a cure for HIV and is not guaranteed to prevent HIV from transmitting.

How can I stay HIV negative?

Using condoms and lube for anal sex is the most effective way of protecting yourself from HIV. Condoms come in different sizes, so it is important to use condoms that are the best size and fit for you or your partner. If you are having sex with new partners or multiple partners then it is important to regularly test for HIV and STIs. Find out about our Free Condoms Service or visit the Steve Retson Project for specialist advice.