- The condom slipped off or broke during sex.
- Your partner has HIV and you usually use condoms, but didn’t the last time you had sex.
- You were raped or sexually assaulted.
- You shared a needle to shoot drugs—or any other equipment used to prepare drugs like bowls, cottons or water—with someone and you are not sure if he or she has HIV.
- You had sex without using a condom and you don’t know if your partner has HIV.
For possible HIV exposures due to having unprotected sex or needle sharing, Callen Lorde Community Health Center (212-271-7181) and St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center (212 604-1777) both offer financial assistance for PEP.
For victims of sexual assault or rape, the New York State Crime Victim’s Board can provide financial assistance for PEP (1 800 247-8035).
- Using condoms when you have sex.
- Avoid shooting drugs, but if you do be sure not to share needles or any other equipment like bowls, cottons or water used to prepare drugs.
- Getting yourself and your sex partners regularly tested for HIV.
- Limiting your number of sexual partners.