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What is Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)?

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a 28 day course of medication shown to be effective in preventing infection with HIV when taken within 72 hours after a high risk exposure. PEP is only available by prescription and can be accessed through the ER or through a visit with a WWH medical provider.

PEP is about 80-90 percent effective. It is not a guarantee that HIV infection will not take place.

Patients are seen for a same day visit for PEP.

You can access PEP at Whitman-Walker on three of our locations during the following specified days/times:

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Please bring proof of insurance when seeking PEP at WWH. If you do not have health insurance or have insurance that is not accepted at WWH, there is a $150 fee for the visits and necessary blood tests. The cost of medication is not included in the $150 fee.

If you have questions about PEP, please call 202.797.4439.



More information about PEP from the CDC.