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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

Prevent the Spread of HIV with PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medicine that you can take to help prevent the transmission of HIV. It’s usually prescribed as a pill that you can take daily by mouth. PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection through sexual contact.

Who Should Take PrEP?

PrEP is for HIV-negative individuals who:

  • Are in a relationship with an HIV-infected partner
  • Are gay, bisexual or heterosexual and aren’t in a monogamous relationship, but may have high-risk partners (injection drug users or bisexual with unknown HIV status)
  • Inject drugs and share needles or other equipment

Does PrEP Protect Against STIs?

No. PrEP does not protect you or your partner from spreading other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition, PrEP will not prevent women from becoming pregnant.

What’s Involved?

PrEP is a very simple medicine to take. We prescribe Truvada, a name-brand PrEP medicine.

  • Step 1: Get tested to make sure you’re HIV-negative.
  • Step 2: Take Truvada once a day.
  • Step 3: See your health care provider at 3- and 6-month intervals to make sure you’re doing well. Some bloodwork is necessary during follow-up visits.

How Can I Get PrEP?

PrEP is a prescription-only medicine, so you should make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you think you’re a good candidate for this medicine. Find a health department near you that prescribes PrEP medicines and make appointment to learn more.

Make an Appointment Today

Call your nearest health department to ask questions or make an appointment!

 

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