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:
- Monday-Friday from 9 am – 4 pm at 1525 14th Street, NW. Proceed to the second floor and inform Client Services staff that you need PEP.
- Monday-Thursday from 9 am – 4 pm at Max Robinson Center.
- Tuesdays and Thursday evenings at 1525 14th Street, NW. You can access PEP during the Gay Men’s Health & Wellness Clinic. Please arrive before 5:30 pm and say that you need PEP upon check-in.
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.