Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP for short, is a daily dose of HIV medications
which can reduce your chances of infection. Currently, only Truvada is
approved for use as PrEP.
PrEP is part of a comprehensive risk reduction plan including other strategies
such as routine HIV testing and condom use.
How does PrEP work?
- PrEP prevents HIV from multiplying in your body if exposure does occur,
thus preventing HIV infection.
- PrEP may have some side effects that fade over time. You should talk to
your doctor about any side effects you experience.
- PrEP will not prevent other STI’s such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.
Routine STI testing is advised, talk to your doctor about testing for
these and other STI’s you might be at risk for.
Not everyone needs PrEP
- Individuals at high risk for HIV infection are the best candidates for PrEP.
- Correct and consistent condom use is still a safe and effective means of
HIV and other STI prevention.
PrEP only works if you take it consistently
- In order for PrEP to work, you need to take the medication every day.
- If you cannot take daily medication, PrEP may not be right for you. Always
talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before stopping PrEP.
Taking PrEP is an ongoing discussion with your doctor
- Schedule an initial appointment with your doctor or healthcare provider
to see if you are healthy enough to start PrEP.
- Those who start PrEP will have to commit to follow up visits with their
doctor or healthcare provider every 3-6 months while taking the medication.
- Taking PrEP can be costly with or without insurance. Depending on your
individual circumstances, you may qualify for assistance with the cost
of the medication.
Schedule an appointment today for more information about PrEP, whether
it’s right for you, and how to access assistance with medication.
- Juan Lorenzo - 973-877-2479 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST)
- Clinician Consultation Center PrEPline - 855-448-7737 (6 a.m. – 5
p.m. EST) (Provides free, expert advice to clinicians across the country on PrEP.)