If you think you have been exposed to HIV, go to your healthcare provider or to the emergency room immediately. You may be able to take medicine that can reduce the chance of becoming HIV-positive. This medicine, called PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, should be started right away, and ideally, no later than 36 hours after exposure. The healthcare provider will consider whether PEP makes sense for you.
If you do not have health insurance or a prescription benefit plan but are still in need of PEP, you can still get PEP free of charge through new sexual and behavioral health programs around the city. These programs are funded to provide PEP as appropriate to individuals who do not have health insurance or prescription benefits.