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I just had a high risk exposure to HIV. How can I get PEP?

Hi,

Thanks for writing! We're glad to reached out to us.

PEP is available free of charge when someone has been potentially exposed to HIV through consensual sex, or sexual assault. PEP must be started within 72 hours (3 days) of sexual exposure.

PEP is available in all emergency rooms in BC, as well as outpost nursing stations in rural areas.

In Vancouver: St. Paul's Hospital Emergency Room - accessible 24 hours a day

In Vancouver, PEP is also available at select health clinics:

  • Bute Street Clinic, 1170 Bute Street, Vancouver - Open M-F 11am-6:30pm, drop-in only
  • Health Initiative for Men, #310 – 1033 Davie Street, Vancouver - Open M-F 4pm-9pm, drop-in for PEP
  • St. Paul’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Clinic, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver - Open M-Th 8am-8pm; F 8am-4pm, drop-in or call for appointment

If you are outside of Vancouver, try your local hospital emergency room.

Please let us know if you need any more information.

Health Nurse

This answer was posted on August 20, 2018

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