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PrEP Basics

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis which is a drug treatment-plan. The PrEP treatment-plan involves a daily pill called Truvada that can protect you against HIV as long as you take it every day.

PrEP is available for people with clinically identified risk factors for HIV to help prevent you from contracting HIV.  Ask yourself these questions to see if PrEP might be right for you

How Does It Work?

Truvada contains two antiretroviral medicines that interfere with HIV’s ability to grow and take hold in your body if you are exposed to the virus. 

When taken every day, PrEP can provide a high level of protection against HIV, and is even more effective when it is combined with condoms and other prevention options. In several studies of PrEP usage, the risk of getting HIV was reduced by up to 92% for those who took the pill consistently compared to those who did not take the pill at all. 

People who use PrEP must take the pill every day and return to their health care provider every 3 months for lab monitoring, risk review, and prescription refills.

How Can I Start PrEP?

Make an appointment at Planned Parenthood to talk to a health care provider and determine if PrEP is right for you.  Book online by typing your zip code into the "Book an Appointment" box at the top or bottom of this page. Or call us at 212-965-7000 and ask for an appointment to talk about PrEP.

If you and your health care provider decide that PrEP is a good option for you, you can get a prescription through Planned Parenthood.

How Do I Pay for PrEP?

PrEP is covered by most insurance programs, but if you do not have insurance, Planned Parenthood can direct you to medication assistance programs that may help pay for PrEP.

What Should I Do before My Appointment?

Do your research. Seek out information that will help you make a decision and have an informative conversation with your health care provider.

It may also be helpful to make a list of questions for your health care provider, as well as the reasons why you think PrEP would be right for you. Some questions you might ask yourself and/or provider are:

  • Would PrEP be a good option for me?
  • How much would PrEP lower my risk of HIV infection?
  • What else can I do to lower my risk of HIV infection?
  • Will the daily pill work for my routine?
  • Can I get help paying for PrEP?
  • How often will I be tested for HIV and other STDs?
  • Will you prescribe and manage PrEP for me?


The Centers for Disease Control, Act Against AIDS, and Start Talking. Stop HIV.