What is nPEP?
nPEP is medication (2 types of pills) that can prevent HIV transmission after a sexual assault victim has been exposed to HIV. It means the victim must take antiretroviral medicines after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. This medication must be started within 72 hours (3 days) of the exposure and must be taken for 28 days. The 28-day medication regimen can cost as much as $3,000 per victim, and the expense increases with follow-up treatment. But this new program is FREE to sexual assault victims who meet the criteria below.
Individuals qualify for free nPEP if:
- They are a victim of sexual assault and meet the CDC criteria for exposure to HIV
- The sexual assault happened in South Carolina
- The sexual assault occurred within 72 hours of the initial visit to the Emergency Room or to Careteam Plus