Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is highly effective at preventing HIV. It’s a medical regimen that includes regular doctor visits, labs and taking one pill once a day.

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.

The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. PrEP is a pill that contains two medicines that are also used to treat HIV. If someone is taking PrEP and are exposed to HIV, PrEP will work to keep the virus from taking hold in the body.

PrEP is not a vaccine and does not work like a vaccine; it is a pill that is taken daily. The FDA-approved pill is called Truvada®, which uses a combination of the HIV medications tenofovir and emtricitabine to block the pathways that HIV uses to set up an infection.

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FAQs

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.

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