Magnet is moving

Starting in April 2015, find us at 470 Castro St.

You’ll still get the best sexual health services for gay, bi and queer men in the Bay Area. But, we’ll have a new name and a new location.

Plus, our new space will allow us to offer more appointments to more people, more cultural and social events, and a new PrEP health program!

What to Do if You Might Have Been Exposed to HIV
What is it?
  • Post Exposure Prophylaxis (or PEP) is an experimental regimen of HIV medication that is sometimes offered to people who have been exposed to HIV in a high-risk way
  • PEP may lessen but does not eliminate the chance of infection
  • PEP is generally a highly active antiretroviral therapy lasting 28 days
Who should use it?
  • PEP was originally used for healthcare workers who were exposed to HIV+ blood, Since 2005, the U.S. Department of Health has recommended it for some people who have high-risk sex with an HIV positive person
  • As far as sex goes, PEP is generally only prescribed for unprotected anal intercourse
  • PEP must be used within 72 hours after exposure. The sooner you take it the more effective it will be.
How do I decide?
  • PEP is not the “morning after pill” for HIV
  • PEP could possibly lead to having drug-resistant strains of HIV later
  • PEP involves powerful drugs that can have very unpleasant side effects, and you have to take the pills for close to a month
  • PEP can be very expensive: $600-1000
  • PEP is offered at San Francisco City Clinic. PEP is also available at SFGH when City Clinic is closed.
  • You can call (415) 487-5538 to discuss your situation with a clinician before coming to the clinic for services. Clinic walk-in hours at 356 7th Street for
  • PEP services are:
    * Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
    * Tuesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    * Thursday 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Links
  • inSPOT - The inSPOT San Francisco information page on PEP.
  • NCCC PEP Hotline – The National Clinicians Consultation Center PEP hotline for providers with 24/7 advice on PEP questions.
  • Department of Health Report on PEP – A 2005 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in depth analysis of PEP.