What is PEP?

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is an ‘emergency’ course of ARVs (antiretroviral tablets used to treat HIV) given to someone who is HIV-negative after they have had a high-risk event of getting HIV. This could be a condom breaking during anal sex, especially if they were the bottom (receptive partner). PEP reduces the risk of becoming infected but must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of possible contact with HIV for it to be effective.

PEP is usually used AFTER an instance of HIV exposure (such as after a risky sexual encounter), while PrEP is used BEFORE having sex and is an ongoing medication to prevent HIV.

Engage Men’s Health offers free and confidential sexual health services – including PEP – to gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City – with no judgment. Other services include free HIV and other STI testing, free ARV treatment and free PrEP (which prevents HIV). Call or WhatsApp us on 082 607 1686.