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.
DC ranks 12th in new HIV cases with a rate of 21.5 new diagnoses for every 100,000 residents. HIV rates in Prince George's County, MD are rising, which is unusual compared to surrounding counties. This puts folks who have unprotected sex in the DC.metro area at elevated risk for HIV. PrEP can reduce your risk of contracting HIV before exposure by 90%.
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.
What is PrEP?
What is PrEP?
Check out this video from Planned Parenthood Federation of America on all things 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.
PrEP: Preventive pill before exposure
PEP: Emergency pill after exposure
PEP is a post-exposure prevention method that’s used after you may have been exposed to HIV. If you’ve recently taken PEP after being exposed to HIV, consider adding PrEP to your daily routine. PEP 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! PrEP is a once-daily pill regimen that is a more effective means of protecting yourself from HIV.