PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) and PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis against HIV)


PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis)

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)may stop you developing an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection if you’ve exposed to the virus. A course of tablets are taken to reduce the risk of catching HIV within 72 hours of coming in contact with the virus. It should be started as soon as possible after contact as it will be more effective. The tablets are taken for a period of 4 weeks. As it is not guaranteed to work, it is advisable to have protected sex (condoms) as this is more effective at preventing HIV transmission and also reduces the risk of contracting other STIs.

Sexual Health clinics and Accident & Emergency can provide PEP.
PEP is not available from your GP or at any pharmacies.
PEP is available in Sefton from Sefton Sexual Health in St Hugh’s, Bootle and Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing. Ring Sefton Sexual Health                        on 01695 656550 to arrange a consultation.

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PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis against HIV)

We are pleased that Sefton Sexual Health Service now does offer support for people wanting PrEP . Please make an appointment to see a doctor on our appointments telephone number 01695 656550. For more information and to purchase PrEP please visit .

Self-assessment for HIV risk
Not sure if you are at risk of contracting HIV? Use this links which takes you through a step by step self-assessment.
Have you taken a risk?
For more information please visit.

Support for people living with HIV

Merseyside Sahir House
Lancashire Renaissance