PEPSI (Post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV after sex)

If you have had sex with someone who has HIV, or you think probably has HIV, condoms give you good protection. However if the condom broke or came off, or if you forgot to use one - don't panic, we can help.

We have tablet treatment that can reduce the chance of you catching it - the full course is four weeks but it's important to get the first dose as soon as you can. It works best within the first few hours but still helps within three days. If you come to the clinic (see opening times) tell reception straightaway that you want to talk about PEPSI.

If we are closed you can talk about this treatment with the doctors and nurses in Accident and Emergency. Tell the first person that you speak to that you want to talk about PEPSI.

The medicines can make you feel a little unwell and we will see you every week to see how you are getting on. Within the first few days we will also need to make sure that you have an HIV test to be sure that you don't already have the infection.