What is PrEP?
- PrEP stands for “Pre-exposure Prophylaxis”
- PrEP is a daily dose of HIV medications which can reduce your chances of infection. Currently, only Truvada is approved for use as PrEP.
- PrEP is part of a comprehensive risk reduction plan including other strategies such as routine HIV testing and condom use.
How does PrEP work?
- PrEP prevents HIV from multiplying in your body if exposure does occur, thus preventing HIV infection.
- PrEP may have some side effects that fade over time. You should talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience.
- PrEP will not prevent other STI’s such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. Routine STI testing is advised, talk to your doctor about testing for these and other STI’s you might be at risk for.
What else should I know about PrEP?
Not everyone needs PrEP
- Individuals at high risk for HIV infection are the best candidates for PrEP.
- Correct and consistent condom use is still a safe and effective means of HIV and other STI prevention.
PrEP only works if you take it consistently
- In order for PrEP to work, you need to take the medication every day.
- If you cannot take daily medication, PrEP may not be right for you. Always talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before stopping PrEP.
Taking PrEP is an ongoing discussion with your doctor
- Schedule an initial appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider to see if you are healthy enough to start PrEP.
- Those who start PrEP will have to commit to follow up visits with their doctor or healthcare provider every 3-6 months while taking the medication.
- Taking PrEP can be costly with or without insurance. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may qualify for assistance with the cost of the medication.
Schedule an appointment with a PrEP counselor nearest to you for more information about PrEP, whether it’s right for you, and how to access assistance with medication.
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For Healthcare Providers/Educators
Clinician Consultation Center PrEPline
- 855-448-7737 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST)
- Provides free, expert advice to clinicians across the country on PrEP.