You can get a PEP at the checkpoint during opening hours. If the checkpoint is closed, you should not wait but go to the nearest emergency PEP centre. HIV infection can be prevented in the first few hours by post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). The costs are covered by the compulsory basic health insurance.
If you have had a risky situation, don’t waste time. The sooner you start, the better the chance that PEP will prevent infection. After 48 hours, PEP is no longer effective.
- Anal or vaginal intercourse without a condom or PrEP with a person whose HIV status you do not know.
- Broken condom with a person whose HIV status you do not know.
- Anal or vaginal intercourse with an HIV-positive person who is not on effective therapy
- If you are not sure whether you have taken a risk, you can seek advice from the emergency services.
Emergency PEP therapy lasts 30 days and you take regular medication. Important: PrEP medication is not a complete PEP. PrEP medicines are missing an important active ingredient for successful PEP.
PEP is now carried out in many countries. Contact the nearest hospital immediately.