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PEP

What is HIV PEP?

Post Exposure Prophylaxis or PEP is the immediate treatment of a person who has had a high risk of exposure to HIV with HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) medications.

PEP is a 4 week course of a combination of two or more medications taken once or twice a day.

PEP may reduce the chances of contracting HIV by stopping HIV reproducing while its numbers in the body are small.

For treatment to be effective PEP should be started as soon as possible and no longer than 72 hours following exposure. The entire course of medications over 28 days must be taken.

 

Accessing PEP

If you live outside the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) we will only be able to offer you a starter pack of one week’s PEP medication, but can refer you to a service in your local area so that you can obtain the rest of your medication.

If you:

  • Need general information or advice on PEP, or
  • want to know which Local Health District you live in, or
  • need to know where to access PEP if you live outside of the SESLHD,

Call the NSW PEP Hotline on 1800 737 669.

 

What is the process for accessing PEP at Albion?

Please call +61 2 9332 9600 to make an appointment at Albion. Albion offers a free, confidential service, but you must provide us with your contact details, as this is a legal requirement.

Each time you visit Albion during the PEP treatment and follow-up period (at least 3 months) you will be seen by a nurse, doctor and/or psychologist.

Initial PEP assessment will involve answering sensitive questions about your sexual practices and health.

Over the PEP treatment and follow-up period, there will be physical examinations, tests and/or counselling. Blood tests may include HIV, hepatitis A, B and C, and syphilis. STI tests may include gonorrhoea and chlamydia obtained by swab and urine specimen. Counselling may be required to assist you with future risk reduction.