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If you think you have been exposed to HIV by having sex, there is medication available that may help prevent you catching HIV. This is called PEPSE – post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure.

It is important to seek help as soon as possible, preferably within hours rather than days. The medications are more effective when taken earlier and may not work if taken 3 days or more after having sex.

Book an appointment with us straightaway. Out of hours, go to an Emergency Department (A&E). In Oxfordshire, these are at the Horton General Hospital or the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Needlestick injuries and other forms of exposure

If you need post exposure prophylaxis following an occupational health exposure, needlestick injury or similar, please contact your occupational health team, GP or go to an Emergency Department as appropriate.