Programming Connection

The PEP Program 

Clinique médicale l'Actuel
Montreal, Quebec
2010

Challenges

  • Capacity to respond to the need for PEP: The 72-hour window period for PEP requires that staff respond quickly to any inquiry. This can be a challenge if staff resources are limited.
  • Lack of awareness of PEP: Some communities at risk for HIV are not aware that PEP is available to them. This can be a challenge when attempting to engage certain groups to seek out PEP.
  • Cost of PEP: The cost associated with treatment can be a major barrier to individuals accessing PEP. In Quebec, if a person is not insured for medical treatments, they can access provincial funds to cover the cost of PEP. This is not the case in other provinces.