Preventing HIV and AIDS using PrEP and PEP

PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a daily pill that can help prevent HIV infection. PrEP is for HIV-negative people who may be exposed to HIV through sex or injecting drugs and who are ready to take a daily pill.

If you think you have been exposed to HIV, go immediately to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP, or Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. PEP, or Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, includes medicines that help prevent HIV infection after a possible exposure. Emergency PEP should be started right away, and no more than 36 hours after exposure. Your doctor will help decide if PEP makes sense for you.

In New York State, most insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover PrEP and PEP. If you do not have insurance, there are medical clinics that can help you get PEP.

Health service providers and community organizations can order pamphlets, postcards, and posters to help promote public awareness of both PrEP and PEP.