PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis)

The need to initiate PEP is considered a medical emergency. Please contact us 24/7 at 212-854-7426.

Treatment and Support for HIV-positive Students

Columbia Health and GHAP staff work together to offer the clinical care, support, and information that HIV-positive students need to manage infection effectively. All services are covered under the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan, including:

  • Individualized care from an HIV specialist
  • Regular monitoring of CD4 and viral load
  • Medications
  • Preventative treatments
  • Psychological support, both individual and group

Note: For HIV-positive students who plan to study at Columbia, the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan provides coverage sufficient for HIV medication prescriptions, although you should choose the Platinum plan. If you have other insurance, we will help you connect to services that cover the costs. Contact GHAP by calling 212-854-6655 with questions.

For students with a known or likely exposure to HIV, GHAP can facilitate further testing, post-exposure prophylaxis, and professional support.


Post-exposure prophylaxis is treatment with anti-retroviral medication that can prevent an HIV infection from taking hold. It must be initiated within 72 hours of exposure—the sooner, the better.