PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medical treatment that should prevent HIV infection after possible HIV exposure. This treatment should be taken within 72 hours of possible HIV infection.
PEP can only offer some protection, however it can’t be guaranteed that it will stop you from becoming HIV positive.
- When would I need PEP?
If you think you been exposed to HIV by having unprotected sex (vaginal or anal) or sharing injected equipment, then you should speak to your Doctor, nurse or sexual health worker in order to get more information.
PEP should be taken within 72 hours of possible HIV exposure; the sooner you start the more effective it is.
- Where can I get PEP from?
You can get a PEP treatment from a Sexual Health Clinic or Accident & Emergency Department. You do not need an appointment for this; they will try to see you as soon as possible.
If it is the evening or weekend or you can’t go to your nearest Sexual Health Clinic, please go to your nearest Accident & Emergency Department, but be aware that not all of these departments are aware of PEP.
PEP is not available from your GP or at any pharmacies.
- Leeds Sexual Health services
1st floor Merrion Centre
50 Merrion Way
If you think you need PEP just drop in any time and a member of staff will see you, if the clinic is closed go to A&E.
Sexual Health Line: 0113 392 0321
1st Floor Merrion Centre,
50 Merrion Way,
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 11am - 2:30pm
Plus Health Advisers contact: 0113 392 6058
Or Yorkshire MESMAC’s Head Office: 0113 244 4209
22-23 Blayds Yard
For out of hours services please contact A&E:
Great George Street,
For more information about the kind of treatment or side effects please contact your Doctor, nurse or Sexual Health worker.
Also check ways to prevent HIV and remember to have regular sexual health checks as not all sexually transmitted infections have symptoms but they can increase HIV transmission.