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Get PrEP or nPEP to
Prevent HIV

Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is proud to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP), two highly effective ways of preventing HIV before or shortly after an exposure. Call us today and we can help you determine whether PrEP or nPEP is right for you.

Call 1-800-230-PLAN

How do they work?

When taken as directed, PrEP can provide a high level of protection against HIV, and is even more effective when combined with condoms and other prevention options.

nPEP is a series of pills you can start taking within 72 hours (three days) after you've been exposed to HIV that lowers your chances of getting it.

Who is PrEP/nPEP for?

Both PrEP and nPEP are available for people with clinically identified risk factors for HIV to help prevent you from contracting HIV. It's an option for you, regardless of your gender or sexuality.

How much does it cost?

PrEP and nPEP are covered by most insurance programs, but if you do not have insurance, we can direct you to medication assistance programs that may help pay for your care.

PrEP & nPEP 101

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, which is a daily drug regimen to help prevent HIV. There are two different types of medication, Truvada or Descovy, that can help those at increased risk avoid HIV. Both of these options are antiretroviral medicines that interfere with HIV’s ability to grow and take hold in the body once someone is exposed to the virus. When taken daily, the risk of contracting HIV through sex can be reduced by more than 90 percent.

Event-driven PrEP, sometimes referred to as “on-demand” PrEP, allows patients to take the medication around the time of a potential exposure rather than every day. Anyone who is sexually active and doesn’t have HIV can use PrEP, and our clinicians can help patients determine whether daily or event-driven PrEP is right for them. 

While PrEP helps prevent HIV, non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP) can lower the chances of contracting HIV within 72 hours of exposure. nPEP consists of a regimen of antiretroviral medications taken as soon after an HIV exposure as possible and must be started within three days. Unlike PrEP, nPEP is a short-term treatment for people who have been recently exposed to the virus, and it does not prevent future HIV infection. People who start nPEP can also choose to start PrEP seamlessly once they have completed the nPEP course.

Think PrEP or nPEP is right for you?

We can help you get started. Call 1-800-230-PLAN.