What is PrEP?
- PrEP stands for Prexposure Prophylaxis
- PrEP is a pill that you can take daily to reduce your chances of getting HIV
- PrEP can stop HIV from spreading throughout your body
- Taking PrEP daily reduces the risk of contracting HIV from sex by more than 90%.
- Taking PrEP daily reduces the risk of contracting HIV from injection drug use by more than 70%
- PrEP can reduce your risk of contracting HIV by even more if combined with condoms or other prevention methods.
Should you use PrEP?
PrEP may benefit you if you are HIV negative and at least one of the following apply to you.
1.You are a gay bisexual man and
Have a partner who is HIV positive.
Have multiple partners, a partner with an unknown HIV status, you have a partner with multiple partners and
Have anal sex without a condom
Recently had a sexually transmitted disease
2. You are heterosexual and
Have an HIV positive partner
Have multiple partners, a partner with an unknown HIV status, you have a partner with multiple partners 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 bisexual man
3. You inject drugs and
Share needles or equipment used to inject drugs
Recently went to a drug treatment program
Are at risk for getting HIV from sex
Paying for PrEP
- Most private and state Medicaid plans cover PrEP.
- If you have health insurance, you may be eligible for co pay assistance from drug manufacturers or advocacy foundations
- If you do not have insurance consider manufacturer patient assistance program, or Medicaid if you are eligible.
Learn more about paying for PrEP at www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/risk/prep/cdc-hiv-paying-for-prep.pdf
When to Visit Your Doctor
- To find out if PrEP is right for you
- If you take PrEP visit your doctor every 3 months for repeat HIV tests, prescription refills and follow up
- If you have symptoms while taking PrEP that become serious or don’t go away