“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is an FDA-approved prevention pill for people who don’t have HIV, but who have a greater chance of becoming HIV-positive. When taken every day, PrEP can prevent an HIV infection by over 92%. You can use PrEP with other prevention methods, like condoms, to offer more protection. For PrEP to work, people who use it must take it every day seven days a week.
The good news is most people who’ve taken PrEP reported they’ve had no side effects. However, as with any drug, it is good to know all the risks.
When on PrEP, you should check in with your doctor or medical team member regularly so they can help you with any issues you may experience. To learn more about PrEP, visit the CDC website.
When taken every day, PrEP has been proven to reduce the risk of HIV infection, in people who have a greater chance of becoming HIV-positive, by at least 92%. However, keep in mind that PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently. To learn more about PrEP, visit the CDC website.
Most insurance plans cover the cost of PrEP prescriptions, but eligible uninsured clients can utilize pharmaceutical or government assistance programs to get PrEP, often at no cost. If you do not have insurance, you can access PrEP through a variety of supportive programs.
Per CDC guidelines, patients on a PrEP medication regimen are required to attend follow-up visits with their medical teams every 3 months for lab work and prescription refills.
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a 28-day course of medication that is effective in preventing HIV infection when taken within 72 hours after a high-risk exposure. PEP is only available by prescription and can be accessed through the ER or through a visit with your medical provider. Act quickly. Do not wait.
We think it’s great that you’re engaging in preventative healthcare by taking PrEP! If you have missed doses of your PrEP prescription, PEP may be right for you. You should contact your prescribing medical provider as soon as possible to discuss your potential exposure. Please keep in mind that PEP is most effective within 72 hours of an HIV exposure.
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