Programming Connection

The PEP Program 

Clinique médicale l'Actuel
Montreal, Quebec
2010

What is the program?

The PEP Program is a unique service offered by Clinique médicale l’Actuel that administers PEP to people who believe that they may have been exposed to HIV within the past 72 hours. It is one of the only programs in Canada that offers PEP as HIV prevention for people who may have come in contact with HIV through risky sex or drug use (as opposed to occupational exposure, such as in a health-care setting). The PEP Program also offers STI, HIV and hepatitis B and C testing and counselling, as well as safer-sex education to all clients who come to the clinic to inquire about PEP after engaging in risky behaviour.

The program is based on a philosophy of universal access through which PEP should be accessible to anyone who needs it. The immediate goal of the program is to increase knowledge of and ensure appropriate use of PEP in the gay community; the ultimate goal is to reduce HIV seroconversions  among gay men. While the services offered by the clinic are available to everyone, this program specifically targets gay and bisexual men in Montreal, given their increased risk of HIV.