PEP stops HIV exposure from becoming an HIV infection.

About PEP

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If you think you were exposed to HIV, call the NYC PEP hotline at 844-3-PEPNYC (844-373-7692), or immediately go to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP.

PEP is emergency medication that can prevent HIV infection if started as soon as possible after potential exposure to HIV. When taken within 72 hours, PEP stops HIV exposure from becoming an HIV infection.

To prevent HIV, take PEP as prescribed for 28 days. 

Call or text to get free information and advice about PEP:

PEP Tips

PEP Needs to be Taken Every Day for 28 Days

  • Ask your health care provider or pharmacist how to take your pills — you may need to take some pills once a day and some pills twice a day.
  • To help you remember: keep your pill bottles where you can see them; take PEP before or after a daily activity, like eating breakfast or brushing your teeth; set daily reminders to take PEP on your phone or watch.
  • To receive texts that remind you to take your medication, text MEDS to 877877.

Call or text to get free advice from a PrEP Specialist: