The good news? You’re
in charge of your sexual health. The even better news? There are several ways to
prevent HIV transmission before, during and after sex. One of the most effective ways to prevent HIV is to take PrEP.
PrEP is a once-daily
pill that HIV-negative people can take to help stay HIV-negative. PrEP stands
for pre-exposure prophylaxis. Learn more here.
Is PrEP right for me?
PrEP is for anyone who
is okay with taking a daily pill to prevent HIV and getting tested regularly
for HIV/STIs. High-risk populations encouraged to consider PrEP include gay and
bisexual men, trans women, people who inject drugs, people in a relationship
where one person is living with HIV, and straight/bi women of color.
I’ve heard of PEP. Is this different than PrEP?
Yes. PrEP is taken before
HIV exposure, while PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is taken within 72 hours after
exposure to HIV. Learn more about PEP here.
Can Columbus Public Health help me get PrEP?
Yes! Our PrEP Linkage
to Care team can help you find a doctor and get you signed up for PAPI, a
state-wide HIV prevention program that will help cover the related medical
costs of PrEP. For help getting connected to PrEP, contact us at 614-724-7737
You can also fill out this self-referral form to have a member of our PrEP team contact you.
Other HIV Prevention Methods
In addition to using
PrEP, you can also prevent transmitting HIV by:
Discussing your status
Before having sex, start a conversation
with your partner about your sexual health history, risk behaviors and STI/HIV
status. Learn more about testing.
Condoms can help lower your risk of HIV transmission
during sex. To request free condoms, contact CPH Community Services at 614-645-6732
or click here to
get free condoms delivered to your home.
Staying in treatment
With consistent treatment, people living with
HIV can reach a undetectable viral load—that means there’s so little HIV in
their system that it’s impossible to pass it on through sex (this condition is
referred to as “undetectable = untransmittable” or "U=U").
Learn more about treatment.