PEPSE (Post Exposure Prophylaxis after Sexual Exposure) is a medication that can be taken up to 72 hours after exposure to HIV to stop you becoming infected.
If you’ve had sex without a condom, or if the condom broke during sex, you may be able to use PEPSE.
It is vital that this medication is given within 72 hours of the potential exposure to HIV as the medication is not effective after this time. The earlier PEPSE can be given the better.
If you’ve had condomless sex and you think you may have been exposed to HIV (if you are not on PrEP) within the last 72 hours, it’s important to get help straight away. Please don’t leave it until the 72 hours is up or nearly up.
PEPSE should never be thought of as a substitute for using condoms.
PEPSE must be prescribed by a qualified clinician.
You can read Umbrella’s PEPSE Leaflet here.