WHAT IS PEP?
PEP stands for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. PEP is a treatment regimen that can be taken by an HIV-negative person who believes they may have been exposed to an HIV infection. PEP is believed to be an effective treatment that can prevent HIV-infection when treatment is started within 72 hours of exposure.
If you believe you may have been exposed to an HIV-infection, call CIRCLE CARE Center right away to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, 203-852-9525. Be sure to mention that you may have been exposed to HIV-infection and that the appointment is urgent. You may also request an appointment online by clicking on this link.
Consider possible exposure to HIV a medical emergency!
To access PEP you can walk into CIRCLE CARE Center or call 203-852-9525 as soon as possible to report a possible exposure.
CIRCLE CARE Center hours:
- Monday, 9 am to 7 pm
- Tuesday, 9 am to 5 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday, 7 am to 5 pm
- Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
- After hours, on holidays, and on weekends, call 203-570-6949 to speak with our on-call clinician
- Please call ahead when possible so we can prepare for your visit. In the rare case that we are at capacity, we may refer you to another site.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What should I do if I think I have been exposed to HIV?
PEP is a treatment believed to be most effective when taken within 48 hours of possible HIV exposure, though the treatment may be started within 72 hours of exposure. If you believe you may have been exposed to an HIV infection, you should access PEP treatment as soon as possible.
Possible sources of exposure:
- Unprotected vaginal or anal sex with someone who is HIV-positive or someone whose status you do not know.
- Sharing needles for drug use, hormone injections, or tattooing with someone who is HIV-positive or someone whose status you do not know.
Where can I get PEP?
Any healthcare provider can prescribe PEP, however, not every provider may be familiar with and/or educated about the treatment. CIRCLE CARE Center works to provide same-day appointments for any patients who may need to start treatment immediately. In cases when CIRCLE CARE Center is closed, you may use urgent care or an emergency room for accessing treatment.
Does CIRCLE CARE Center offer PEP?
Yes! CIRCLE CARE Center considers it a priority to be a site where patients can easily access PEP when treatment is needed. Call immediately to schedule an appointment, 203-852-9525, if you believe you may have been exposed to an HIV-infection and need to start treatment.
How much does PEP cost?
Most insurance plans cover PEP, including Medicaid, but CIRCLE CARE Center’s onsite Pharmacy staff are experienced in helping patients to navigate any out of pocket costs that may arise. Co-pay assistance programs and other strategies are available through CIRCLE CARE Center Pharmacy to help ensure that almost every patient who needs PEP treatment is able to access it.