Post Exposure Prophylaxis After Exposure

Q: I think that I had an exposure to HIV, where can I get Post Exposure Prophylaxis?

A: Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) can usually be found through your local emergency room (ER). However, it is not something that doctors are willing to give to just anyone. Generally it is reserved for people that have had a known exposure to the virus and are at high risk. The treatment itself is intense and can carry lots of side-effects.

Based on the fact that you said you “think” you had an exposure, it is questionable that you will receive PEP. If you are concerned about a recent possible exposure, you may consider an HIV DNA PCR test. The test is designed for early detection of HIV, providing reliable results within days to weeks after an exposure. If the test returns a positive result you will have what you need to begin treatment, and if it returns a negative result you will have the early comfort you are looking for. If you have questions or would like more information on the PCR or other testing, please do not hesitate to contact our office to speak with a counselor.