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Division of HIV and STD Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone:(213) 351-8000
Fax: (213) 738-0825
Email: DHSP@ph.lacounty.gov
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F
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Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Information for Patients

What is PEP?

  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is an emergency treatment that can reduce your chances of becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, after you had a high risk exposure, for example unprotected sex or sharing needles.  The treatment is an emergency because the medical services must begin within 72 hours (3 days) of the exposure.  The sooner you begin PEP treatment, the more effective it will be. 

  • PEP consists of 28 days of antiretroviral drug therapy - medicines in pill form that slow down or stop HIV from reproducing in the body.  Antiretroviral drugs are the type of medicine that HIV-positive people take to stay healthy.

  • For more information, please check out this brochure: English or Espaņol.

 What is a High-risk Exposure?

  • Having sex or sharing needles with a known HIV-positive partner or a partner of unknown status and one of the following events:
    • Unprotected receptive anal sex or with a failed condom
    • Unprotected insertive anal sex or with a failed condom
    • Unprotected receptive vaginal intercourse or with a failed condom
    • Unprotected insertive vaginal intercourse or with a failed condom
    • Sharing injection drug paraphernalia

How do I Find PEP Treatment?

  • For more information call the LA County PEP warmline - (213) 351-7699

  • The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in Hollywood - (323) 860-5855 (Option 4)

  • The OASIS Clinic in Wilmington (South Los Angeles) -  (310) 668-5131

                                                 

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