PEP, PrEP, and HIV

Taking antiretroviral drugs can help lower the risk of acquiring HIV in certain circumstances.  There are two protocols currently available:  Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). Both are available at the UA Campus Health Service and elsewhere in the community.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can help lower the risk of acquiring HIV.  PrEP, taken as a daily pill, has been shown to benefit people who do not have HIV and may be at risk of exposure to the virus (through sexual contact or sharing injecting drug equipment). It involves daily medication, medical follow-up, and blood testing every three months.  For an appointment to discuss PrEP you can call Campus Health at (520) 621-9202, make an appointment online, or you can also contact the SAAF PrEP Navigators Program at (520) 547-6109.

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) involves taking medication AFTER a high-risk exposure to stop HIV seroconversion.  PEP must be started within 72 hours of possible exposure.  If you are a UA student and have experienced an HIV exposure you should seek immediate medical attention by calling Campus Health at (520) 621-9202 or the After Hours Number at (520) 570-7898, or go to Banner University Medical Center Emergency Department.

For more detailed information, please see the links below:

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF): PrEP & PEP 101

CDC: PrEP

CDC: PEP