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What is PrEP?

PrEP is a once-daily pill for people who do not have HIV to help them stay that way. Studies show that taking PrEP as prescribed reduces the risk of getting HIV through sex by 90 percent or more. 

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP is an antiretroviral medication such as Truvada, taken for months or years by someone who is HIV negative to reduce the risk of HIV transmission by 90%.

Who is PrEP For?

PrEP is recommended for people who are HIV negative and:
While highly effective at preventing HIV, PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Condoms provide protection against other STDs, in particular gonorrhea and chlamydia.
PrEP is a powerful tool, for sexually active people, no prevention strategy is 100% effective. Therefore, individuals who use PrEP should use it along with other effective HIV prevention strategies. 

These include:
  • Using condoms consistently & correctly
  • Getting HIV testing with your partners
  • Getting STD testing with your partners
  • Choosing less risky sexual behaviors such as oral sex
  • If you inject drugs , participating in a drug treatment program or using sterile drug injection equipment

Benefits of PrEP:

  • Very effective when taken as prescribed, PrEP blocks HIV from taking hold in the body.
  • In a major study of gay and bi men as well as Trans women, daily PrEP use lowered their risk of HIV by an estimated 99 percent.
  • PrEP is covered by most insurance plans and should be covered by Medicaid and Medicare.
  • There are copay & financial assistance programs that can cover out of pocket cost whether you are insured or uninsured and individuals that are undocumented
  • Many people wind up paying very little or nothing at all for PrEP
  • You can go on and off PrEP, but should do so under the guidance of a health care provider. Before restarting PrEP you will need to get tested again to make sure you do not have HIV.
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