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  • PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is an anti-viral medication to prevent HIV infection if you suspect you may have been exposed to the virus.
  • PEP must be started within 72 hours of an exposure to HIV and be taken correctly over a 28-day treatment period to be effective.
  • Call the Victorian HIV Prevention Service (Tel. 1800 889 887) for guidance and information about where to find your closest PEP provider. 

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Reviewed on: 11-09-2023