What is PrEP?
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a new once-a-day pill that reduces your risk of becoming infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. While it helps prevent HIV infection, PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections, so it should be used with condoms.
How does PrEP work?
When taken daily as prescribed, PrEP is up to 92% effective in preventing new HIV infections. PrEP medication must be taken every day to be the most effective.
How can you get PrEP?
You must get a prescription for PrEP from a healthcare provider or PrEP Clinic, and see your doctor on a regular basis for follow-up care. Find local prescribers >>>
Many insurance providers, including Medicaid, cover the cost of PrEP – and assistance is available for those who need it. So the cost should not stop someone from taking PrEP.
Who should use PrEP?
PrEP may be right for you if you are HIV negative and you:
- have sex with someone who is HIV+ or someone who does not know their HIV status;
- have had a sexually transmitted infection, especially syphilis;
- share needles or other injection drug supplies;
- do not use condoms every time you have sex.