PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PREP)
PrEP is a preventative option for anyone that does not have HIV and is vulnerable to contracting HIV. It’s a medical regimen that provides a more comprehensive medical approach to preventing HIV. PrEP includes several components – regular doctor visits, HIV testing, labs, education, and taking one pill once a day.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is recommended by the CDC to those who are HIV negative but are at a high-risk of being exposed to and contracting HIV.
People who should consider PrEP include anyone who:
- Is in an ongoing relationship with an HIV-infected partner
- Anyone having anal receptive sex without a condom (Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Women)
- Anyone having unprotected sexual activity (anal and vaginal)
- Have injected illicit drugs and shared needles and paraphernalia within the last six months
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) lowers the risk of contracting HIV by up to 92 percent for those who take the medicine consistently.
Despite the effectiveness of PrEP, people who take PrEP should also use other HIV prevention strategies such as:
- Using condoms consistently and correctly
- Frequent HIV/STI testing
- Encouraging sexual partners to have frequent HIV/STI testing
- Choosing less risky sexual behaviors
- Participating in a drug treatment program or Using sterile needles when injecting illicit IV drugs.
WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING
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