What is post-exposure prophylaxis?
Post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, is a course of anti-retroviral drugs prescribed within 72 hours of exposure to HIV to protect against contracting HIV. PEP is not 100% effective, even when started within 72 hours or sooner after exposure, so it is vitally important to try to take every measure to prevent transmission in the first place.
Call the PEP line on 1800 889 887 or go to www.getpep.info
What is pre-exposure prophylaxis?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is anti-retroviral medicines taken by a person who doesn’t have HIV to prevent the person from acquiring HIV. In Victoria, PrEP is currently available through a recently expanded research trial (July 2016) and can also be imported from online medication providers. See PrEP Access Now at
For more info regarding the PrEP X Study: https://www.alfredhealth.org.au/research/research-areas/infectious-diseases-research/prepx-study
Where can I get tested and find more info?
PRONTO Rapid testing clinic (Collingwood)
Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
Free and confidential advice and sexual health medical appointments. Website lists services in your local area.
- 580 Swanston Street, Carlton
- Telephone: 03 9341 6200
- Free call: 1800 032 017
Gender diverse health centre
For trans men who have sex with men (http://www.grunt.org.au)
For young gay men (http://outspoken.org.au)
Sexual Health websites
Victorian Education Department
Catching On: schools sexuality education website
- Or see tinyurl.com/zlyx5xe
Family Planning Victoria
- Community Health Centres, sexual health check-ups, same sex attracted youth support.
- Action Centre (under 25s) @ Level 1, 94 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.
- Telephone 03 9660 4700 or toll free 1800 013 952
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