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Questions and Answers about PEPSE

PEPSE Starter Packs

After your consultation with the Doctor, if it has been agreed that you should take PEPSE, you may have been given the treatment for the first 5 days as a starter pack.

Important Points to Remember:

  • Take the tablets as directed and at the times directed.
  • Attend GUM clinic as advised to collect the rest of your medication and have baseline blood tests taken.
  • You may also be offered tests (which may include swabs, urine tests, and blood tests) to be sure you are clear from any infection.
  • Repeats of the tests in 2 weeks and 3 months to be sure your status re: HIV infection.
  • Vaccination for Hepatitis B infection (if you did not have it whilst at SAFE Place) this is another virus you may have been exposed to.
  • If you know you cannot take tablets for a whole month (i.e. finish the course) then it may be better to not start them.
  • Instead, you should arrange a blood test at the GUM clinic in 3 months to check your status regarding HIV.

For further advice contact one of the GUM Services in the Liverpool City Region

Great Charlotte Street 0151 285 3535
Royal Liverpool GUM 0151 706 2620
Arrowe Park GUM 0151 604 7339
Halton General GUM 01928 753 217
St Helens GUM 01744 646 473
Southport District GUM 01704 513 303


Useful Contacts

Home Office

Can provide details of other SARCS throughout the country.

Rape Crisis Centres

Helpline: 0808 802 9999

Refuge - for Women & Children

Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Rights of Women

Helpline: 020 7251 8887


Helpline: 0845 790 9090

Survivors UK - for Men only

Helpline: 0845 122 1201

Victim Support

Helpline: 0845 30 30 900


Download the SAFE Place Questions and Answers about PEPSE leaflet.

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