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PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis)

PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis)

About PEP

  • Facts about PEP in PDF format
  • PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. It’s like Plan B or the HIV morning after pill.
  • PEP is for HIV-negative people who may have been exposed to HIV by a needle stick or unprotected sex. PEP may prevent them from getting HIV after exposure.
  • People on PEP take HIV drugs for 28 days.
  • PEP works best if started within 2-3 hours, but it must be started within 72 hours after exposure.
  • PEP basics, CDC
  • For pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), visit

What is involved in getting PEP

___ Exposure

______ Doctor assessment

_________ Start PEP and get HIV/STD tests

____________ Meds 28 days

_______________ HIV test to see if PEP worked

Where to get PEP

Madison Clinic at Harborview Medical Center (HMC), 325 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

  • During business hours, call 206-744-5100. Please communicate the reason for your visit or call.
  • During clinic hours you can visit Madison Clinic at HMC to schedule future appointments. Visit the Madison Clinic website above for current hours.
  • After hours, go to Harborview Emergency Department.

The cost of PEP

Harborview will assure you can get PEP regardless of your ability to pay. The cost of PEP ranges from $600 to over $1000. Many health insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover PEP in full or in part. If you don’t have insurance, talk to your medical provider about available drug assistance programs.

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