UT University Health Services

HIV Risk Reduction

"PEP" or POST exposure prophylaxis

For a known HIV exposure, call the Nurse Advice Line (512) 475-6877 (NURS) immediately to be evaluated for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). PEP is only effective within the first 72 hours after exposure.


The medical provider will assess your risk and determine if you would benefit from taking a 3 drug regimen for 28 days, called PEP. PEP is only effective if it is started within the first 72 hours after exposure.

"PrEP" or PRE-exposure prophylaxis

A number of UHS healthcare providers now prescribe Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce the risk of getting HIV-I infection. This is a prevention option for people who are at high risk of getting HIV. It’s meant to be used consistently, as a pill taken every day, and to be used with other prevention options such as condoms (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

If you are interested in making an appointment at UHS to discuss your risk factors with a healthcare provider to help you to determine if Truvada is right for you:

  1. Schedule a Truvada appointment by calling 512-471-4955. Be sure to let the scheduler know the reason for your visit so that you are given the correct appointment type with one of the providers who prescribes Truvada.
  2. Print these forms and review them prior to the appointment.
Truvada Agreement Form
Truvada Important Safety Information
Truvada Medication Guide

Bring these documents with you to your appointment to aid in the discussion with your provider about Truvada, its indications, its risks and its benefits. This appointment will last approximately one hour.

Additional resources:

Gilead patient assistance site for co-pay assistance card: www.GileadCoPay.com or call 1-877-505-6986

For more information on Truvada, visit: www.truvadapreprems.com.

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