PrEP is for anyone who is HIV-negative and at risk of contracting HIV from sexual activities or intravenous drug use. PrEP is especially recommended for those with a partner(s) with unknown STI status, an HIV-positive status, and/or individuals who do not regularly use condoms during sexual activities.
It is also recommended for individuals who live in high HIV incidence area, like Washington, DC. DC ranks 12th in new HIV cases with a rate of 21.5 new diagnoses for ever 100,000 residents. The national average is 12.3 per 100,000 residents.
PrEP & Condoms
If you do not use condoms but take PrEP perfectly you will be 90% protected from HIV during sexual activities- which is great! However, PrEP does not protect you from other STIs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis nor does PrEP prevent pregnancy. PrEP for sex with both!
Is it safe to take Birth Control & PrEP?
Yes, to date, research shows that hormone-based birth control drugs do NOT interact with PrEP.
How do I get PrEP?
Call and make an appointment at our D.C. Planned Parenthood health center. Your appointment will include a PrEP counseling session and a HIV test.
nPEP & PrEP
nPEP is a post-exposure prevention method that’s used after you may have been exposed to HIV. If you’ve recently taken nPEP after being exposed to HIV, consider adding PrEP to your daily routine. nPEP depends on you being able to determine that you may have been exposed to HIV within 72 hours of sexual contact and access care. PrEP is a pre-exposure prevention method which means that you’re constantly protected, before exposure to HIV even happens! Just a once a day pill PrEP is a more effective means of protecting yourself from HIV and commanding your sex life.