HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Post-exposure prophylaxis or PEP is medication to help prevent HIV in men and women who have had a recent high-risk exposure to HIV.
If you think you have been exposed to HIV either through sex or needles within the last 72 hours, and are HIV negative, or don’t know your status, you may be eligible to receive services. PEP involves 28 days of medication and 4 clinic visits for tests and counseling over a 6-month period.
To be considered for PEP treatment, you should be willing to receive a brief medical evaluation, including a rapid HIV-test, blood tests, STD tests and risk-reduction counseling. This first visit may take up to two hours but follow-up visits will be shorter.
Currently, PEP services are available at the following two sites:
The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center - PEP warmline 323-860-5880
1625 N Schrader Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028-6213 (in Hollywood)
The OASIS Clinic - PEP warmline 310-668-5131
1807 East 120th Street, Los Angeles, 90059 (in South LA)
Please call one of these sites straight away to make an appointment for PEP. The sooner you take PEP, the more likely it is that it will prevent you from becoming infected with HIV.
If you have general questions about Post-exposure Prophylaxis, but are not interested in receiving services at this time, you can call the Los Angeles County PEP Warmline at 213-351-7699.
More information is available in these brochures in English and Spanish