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.
Taking your PrEP medicine is critical to keep from getting HIV. For PrEP
to work, you need to have enough medicine in your body. When you miss
doses, you make it harder for the medicine to protect you.
Not taking PrEP every day greatly lowers your protection against HIV.
Is PrEP All You Need?
PrEP is one important tool for protecting yourself from HIV. No method
offers 100% protection. While taking your PrEP medicine, you should also
reduce your exposure to HIV by using:
- Condoms during sex
- Clean injection equipment if you inject drugs
Together, these methods offer more protection.
Taking PrEP every day gives you the most protection.
Is Taking a Pill Daily Tough?
- Do you forget to take your pills?
- Add an app to your phone that reminds you when it’s time to take your pill
- Make it a part of your daily routine
- Take the pills at the same time each day
- Take your pill at the same time as another daily activity like brushing
- Plan to take pills with you when you won’t be at home or are traveling
Are you worried about possible side effects?
- Side effects are not common, if they happen:
- They are mild and do not last long
- Ask your doctor how to manage them
Do you want help in taking your medicine?
- Talk to another PrEP user about what works for them
- Find a PrEP user support group or online forum
- Ask friends to remind & support you
- Find a community program that can assist you
Use other services
- Social workers
Are you worried about paying for your medicine?
- Ask your doctor to explain drug assistance programs that might help with payment
Are problems with alcohol or other substances getting
in the way?
- Talk to your doctor about treatment
- Use support groups and programs to stay on track
- Seek counseling to support your mental health
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.)