PrEP & PEP Help and Information

What is PrEP?
PrEP, short for "pre-exposure prophylaxis," is medication for HIV prevention. HIV-negative people can take an oral pill once a day before possible contact with HIV. It can help reduce risk of contracting HIV through intercourse by more than 90%. The pill must be taken every day in order to be effective.

What is PEP?
PEP, short for "post-exposure prophylaxis," is another type medication for HIV prevention, used by HIV-negative people after possible contact with HIV. It must be started within 72 hours after HIV exposure.

Click here to access a PrEP provider locator. Additionally, you can reach the Westchester Department of Health PrEP specialist at 914-995-8487.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) materials
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NYC Department of Health materials
New York State Department of Health: HIV Uninsured Care Programs
The NYS Department of Health's AIDS Institute has established five programs which provide access to free HIV/AIDS health care for New York State residents who are uninsured or under-insured.

In state: Toll Free 1-800-542-2437 or 1-844-682-4058
Out of state: (518) 459-1641

NASTAD represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs in the U.S. and around the world.

Talk to your medical providers(s) about PrEP and PEP. Note that these should not replace other methods of prevention for STIs/pregnancy/etc. such as condoms.


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