What is it?

  • Post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Medications that can be taken to reduce chances of getting HIV after being potentially exposed

Who needs to take it?

  • Anyone who has had unprotected sex with someone who may have HIV
  • Anyone who has been exposed to needles contaminated with blood from someone who may have HIV

How well does it work?

  • PEP needs to be taken as soon as possible after an exposure, usually within 24-48 hours
  • If this happens during the evening or on weekends, go to your local emergency room for help

Does PEP have any side effects?

Most patients have little to no side effects at all. When people do have side effects they are usually:

  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea

    It should be noted that even people who have side effects report them going away fully after the first week, or two weeks at the maximum.

  • How would I pay for PEP?

    • There are many ways to pay for PEP. Most health insurances pay for PEP either partially or fully. If you don’t have health insurance or you don’t have good health insurance coverage, you can still get PEP. Most emergency rooms, or our clinic will give you a few days of free medications until a plan can be figured out. For more information see contact information below. We can help you figure out your options!
    • See below for a list of free PEP clinics in NYC

    How can I get PEP?

    To get more information about PEP, call 917-580-1682. Between 9am – 5PM, Monday-Fridays, you will be connected to one of our PEP/PrEP coordinators who will talk with you and schedule an appointment for an evaluation.

    After hours, or on weekends, you can call the same number and you will be transferred to the PEP Center of Excellence at Mt. Sinai Hospital. They will provide you with assistance.

    Facilities that provide PEP for free, only for uninsured/undocumented clients:


    Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

    356 West 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: (212) 271-7200
    Clinic Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 8:15 am – 8:15 pm
    Tuesday: 8:15 am – 11:30 am; 1:00 pm – 8:15 pm
    Friday: 8:15 am – 4:45 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am – 3:15 pm

    Community Healthcare Network

    Community Healthcare Network
    Catherine M. Abate Health Center
    150 Essex Street
    New York, NY 10002
    Tel: (212) 477-1120
    Monday: 10 am – 6 pm
    Tuesday: 11 am – 7 pm
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Center – Downtown

    275 Seventh Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets), 12th Floor
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: (917) 597-9492
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays:
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Mount Sinai Hospital – Jack Martin Fund Clinic

    17 East 102nd Street
    New York, NY 10029
    Tel: (917) 597-9492
    Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 4 pm


    Community Healthcare Network

    Family Health Center
    90-04 161st Street
    Jamaica, NY 11432
    Tel: (718) 523-2123
    Monday: 10 am – 6 pm
    Tuesday: 11 am – 7 pm
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm