PrEP & PEP
PrEP FOR PREVENTION
Short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis [proh–FUH–lak–sis] is an HIV prevention strategy in which HIV-negative people take an oral pill once a day, every day, to reduce their risk of an HIV infection.
- PrEP must be taken for at least 7 days to reach optimal levels of protection against HIV.
- Daily PrEP has been shown to lower a person’s risk of sexually contracting HIV by more than 98% but people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day, being tested for HIV every 3 months and seeing their doctor for a follow-up every 3 months.
If you are at risk for HIV, speak to your healthcare provider about PrEP.
Is it safe?
PrEP may cause initial side effects like nausea in some people, but side effects are rare.
If you are taking PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider about side effects that you may experience.
Is PrEP for me?
PrEP may benefit you if you are HIV-negative and any of the following apply to you:
- Have an HIV-positive partner who has a detectable viral load
- Have partner whose HIV status is unknown
- Have anal sex without using a condom
- Have multiple sexual partners