Hot Topic: What do I do after having unprotected sex?
It happens! Here’s what to do next:
Worried about HIV?
Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP):
- Antiretroviral medications prescribed for 28 days following possible exposure to HIV
- Must be started within 72 hours (3 days) of possible exposure
- Available at Emergency Departments and Sexual Health Clinics
Worried about Pregnancy?
Emergency Contraceptive Pill:
- Take within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy
- Available at pharmacies or go to a clinic to see a healthcare provider
- It takes time for your body to build up hCG (pregnancy hormone) to detect pregnancy
- Take a test 2-3 weeks following unprotected sex or after the first day of a missed period
- Available at pharmacies or clinics/primary care provider
Worried about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?
- Have STI testing done following unprotected sex even if you are not experiencing symptoms
- STIs have different incubation periods (amount of time until symptoms may appear), so get tested at least 2 to 3 weeks after unprotected sex AND get retested 6 months later to ensure all tests are negative
- Testing is available at Sexual Health Clinics
Worried about the Next Time?
Have plenty of condoms on hand by continuing the B’More Protected Condom Distribution Program
Contact a provider:
- Explore long-term birth control options by talking to a healthcare professional
- Get on PrEP! Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pill taken daily to prevent HIV
- Keep having regular STI Checks!
That’s ok! Here are some additional resources to help: