It can happen that something goes wrong during safe sex. For example, condoms can tear or slip off. Sometimes they are simply forgotten in the rush of emotion.
If one partner is HIV positive, HIV can be transmitted. However, panic is out of place at such moments: an HIV infection can most probably still be prevented.
For this purpose, HIV medication is taken for four weeks. The drugs prevent HIV from settling in the body. This treatment is called post-exposure prophylaxis, PEP for short. This roughly means “post-exposure prevention”.
Important: A PEP must be started as soon as possible after the risk of HIV. Preferably within two hours, otherwise within 24 hours if possible, at the latest after 48 hours. Whether a PEP can still be useful up to 72 hours (three days) after the risk is controversial. (Source: Deutsche Aids-Hilfe e.V.) More information.
In the German addresses section you will find all clinics in Germany that offer a PEP.
In addition to the clinics listed below, you can get PEP in HIV-focused practices. It is best to call in advance and also ask how the PEP is billed.