HIV PREVENTION AND CARE

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

PEP is a 28-day course of treatment that can prevent HIV infection after a person is exposed. It should be started within 72 hours of a possible exposure to HIV, so it is important to come to the clinic quickly if you think you could have been exposed to HIV.  

Where can I get PEP?

We can help you get PEP. You can call 415-487-5538 to discuss your situation with a counselor before coming to the clinic, or you can just drop in during open clinic hours. We’ll evaluate whether PEP is appropriate for you, provide counseling, and test for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

If we recommend that you take PEP, you’ll be given a two-day supply of medication to start right away, with a prescription to take to a pharmacy for the remaining doses. San Francisco City Clinic cannot provide a full 28-day course of PEP medications, but we’ll help make sure you can get what you need at a pharmacy. Uninsured patients who meet income eligibility requirements can access the medications for free through a patient assistance program. If you have health insurance, your plan may cover the cost of the medication.

Learn more about PEP.