In many areas, there is an option available for folks who might have been exposed to HIV. This exposure could be through unprotected sex or through shared needle use or an accidental needle stick injury. It’s called Post-exposure prophylaxis or PEP and is intended for people who might have been exposed within the past 72 hours. The treatment involves taking HIV meds for about one month in the hope that HIV will clear the body without making someone HIV positive.

The PEP med regimen must be started within the first 72 hours after the possible exposure. If you think that you have been exposed you should seek treatment right away. Either call your doctor or the emergency room at your local hospital. This option can be expensive; it depends on your location and accessibility to PEP. If you are in San Francisco and you think you may have been exposed to HIV, there a few options for you to consider.

Strut in the Castro

470 Castro St., San Francisco Ca. 94114
(415) 581-1600 (sexual health services)
Please call ahead of time to see if the clinic is able to see you that day.
If they are not they can refer you to another place that can get you on PEP.

Walk-In Hours:

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am – 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm – 5 pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm – 7 pm
Check in at the Magnet Concierge desk on the second floor when you arrive.

City Clinic

356 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Clinic walk-in hours for PEP services are:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 1:00pm – 3:00pm