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Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

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HIV Prevention Program

Our comprehensive HIV prevention program includes education, risk reduction counseling, HIV testing, access to PrEP and PEP services, adherence counseling, provision of condoms and community outreach. If you are interested in PrEP, please contact us at 267-785-0892 even if you don't currently have health insurance.

What is PrEP?

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is a one pill once a day medication to prevent the acquisition of HIV infection. PrEP can be taken by HIV un-infected people who are at risk of being exposed to HIV through sexual contact or injection drug use. Truvada is currently the only medication approved for PrEP and is more than 95% effective in preventing HIV infection when taken consistently. PrEP is for any sexually active HIV-negative person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

PrEP is recommended for:

  • People who have multiple sex partners
  • People who do not use condoms regularly now or in the past
  • People who have an HIV-positive sexual partner
  • People who have had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the past 6 months
  • People who have injected drugs in the past 6 months
  • People who have shared injection equipment in the past 6 months
  • People who are involved in commercial or transactional sex work

To learn more about PrEP and the Einstein Immunodeficiency Center (IDC) please listen to our Perspectives podcast interview with two of our healthcare providers.

What is PEP?

PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. PEP is a combination of 2-3 medications to prevent acquisition of HIV for people who have had a potential exposure to the virus either through direct contact with body fluids or through sex or sharing injection equipment with someone who might have HIV.  PEP must be started between 36-72 hours of exposure and must be taken for 28 days to be effective.  PEP is for any HIV-negative person that has had a high-risk exposure to HIV, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

High-risk exposures to HIV within 72 hours include:

  • Receptive and insertive anal and/or vaginal intercourse
  • Sharing of injection equipment
  • Injuries with exposure to potentially infected body fluid/blood through needle sticks or accidents.

Want to learn more or get started on PrEP? 

Contact us at 267-785-0892
Voice messages are returned within 24 hours. 

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Want to bring HIV prevention information to your community?

We can table at your event, run a workshop, or develop an educational experience customized to your needs.

Contact John at 215-456-3587 for information on community education and outreach.

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