Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is an anti-viral medication used to prevent HIV infection; PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. When taken daily, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV from sex or injection drug use.
Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%.
PrEP can be prescribed only by a health care provider, so talk to yours to find out if PrEP is the right HIV prevention strategy for you. You must take PrEP daily for it to work. Also, you must take an HIV test before beginning PrEP to be sure you don’t already have HIV and every 3 months while you’re taking it, so you’ll have to visit your health care provider for regular follow-ups.
The cost of PrEP is covered by many health insurance plans. It can also be covered by commercial medication assistance programs for people with limited income and no medical insurance. Some PrEP providers can assist in getting PrEP for free.
To find a PrEP provider in your area, enter your zip code at PrEPlocator.org.
View the CDC video to get information about PrEP…
Here are addition resources to help answer your questions about PrEP…
PrEParing for HIV – An Epidemic Interventions Initiative by the University of California