When a broken heart is the least of your worries, close calls require nPEP.
In close call situations where prevention was absent or perhaps didn’t work as expected, taken within 72 hours of a high-risk experience, nPEP can significantly reduce exposure to HIV. Most insurances cover nPEP and Metro Inclusive Health offers cost assistance programs, which can mean little to no out-of-pocket to you.
A short-term treatment, started as soon as possible after high-risk exposure to an infectious agent, such as HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), or hepatitis C virus (HCV), non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP) is administered to significantly reduce the risk of infection.
To act quickly, speak with a METRO nPEP Navigator or to make an appointment at our St. Pete, Tampa, Clearwater or New Port Richey locations. For ongoing prevention of HIV, learn about PrEP, a daily pill that can reduce exposure by up to 99%.
About METRO’s nPEP Program
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Post-exposure Prophylaxis, Non-occupational (nPEP) is a HIV prevention strategy recommended by the CDC to prevent HIV infection when administered within 72 hours of a high risk exposure. METRO’s nPEP program includes:
- Evaluation and rapid treatment by our physician for HIV-negative clients with a high-risk HIV exposure in the past 72 hrs
- Appointments usually available the same or next day at either our St. Petersburg or Tampa locations. Starting nPEP medications as soon as possible after exposure is crucial
- Testing at baseline, 1 month, and later if indicated
- STD screening at each visit as needed
- Prescription for nPEP medications
- On-site lab draws