PrEP 101

Original Article by the CDC and selected for feature by Saszy DelaCruz.


Are you HIV-negative but at very high risk for HIV?

Taken every day, PrEP can help keep you free from HIV.

What Is PrEP?

  • PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is daily medicine that can reduce your chance of getting HIV.
  • PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body.
  • PrEP is highly effective when taken daily as prescribed. PrEP is much less effective if not taken consistently.
  • Only condoms protect against other STDs like syphilis and gonorrhea.

Is PrEP Right For You?

PrEP may benefit you if you are HIV-negative and ANY of the following apply to you:

You are a gay/bisexual man and:

  • have an HIV-positive partner.
  • have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown-and you also:
    • have anal sex without a condom, or
    • recently had a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

You are a heterosexual and:

  • have an HIV-positive partner.
  • have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown-and you also:
    • don’t always use a condom for sex with people who inject drugs, or
    • don’t always use a condom for sex with a man who has sex with other men.

You inject drugs and:

  • share needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs.
  • are at risk for getting from sex.

Visit Your Healthcare Provider

  • To find out if PrEP is right for you.
  • Every 3 months, if you take PrEP, for repeat HIV tests, prescription refills, and follow-up.
  • If you have any symptoms while taking PrEP that become severe or don’t go away.

If you don’t have a provider, visit www.preplocator.org to locate one.

How Can You Get Help To Pay For PrEP?

Most private and state Medicaid plans cover PrEP. If you are on Medicaid, check with your benefits counselor.

If you have health insurance, you may receive co-pay assistance from drug manufacturers or patient advocacy foundations.  www.gileadadvancingaccess.com

If you are without medical insurance, consider enrolling in an insurance marketplace, manufacturer patient assistance program, or your state’s Medicaid plan, if you are eligible for it.


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