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Are you at risk for HIV exposure?

Planned Parenthood can help you significantly reduce your chance of getting HIV with PrEP and PEP treatments. PrEP and PEP are different methods for different types of HIV exposure. Read more about them below, or make an appointment with Planned Parenthood online today (link to appointment page) to learn your current HIV status and explore whether PrEP or PEP are important next steps to protect your health.

PrEP and PEP are meant for different kinds of exposure and work a little different. Both work to stop HIV exposure from getting you sick. All Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Health Centers can help you with PrEP or PEP treatment today. 



PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. That means it works to prevent HIV before you are exposed. It’s a daily pill that can help prevent HIV. If you don’t have HIV, taking PrEP every day can lower your chances of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. PrEP is also known by the brand name Truvada. PrEP is meant for people who have an ongoing high risk of HIV exposure such as having an HIV positive partner. This video explains who PrEP is for, and how it works.


Video about PrEP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnF_Xko1hFs



PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. That means it works to prevent HIV after you’ve been exposed. PEP is a series of pills you can start taking very soon after you’ve been exposed to HIV that lowers your chances of getting it. But you have to start PEP within 72 hours, or 3 days, after you were exposed to HIV, or it won’t work. The sooner you start, the better it works — every hour matters. You take PEP 1-2 times a day for at least 28 days. The medicines used in PEP are called antiretroviral medications (ART). These medicines work by stopping HIV from spreading through your body. This video explains who PEP is for, and how it works.


Video about PEP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu82TFo6j94&t=21s