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HIV prevention with a daily pill.

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis, aka Truvada®) is a way for HIV-negative people to reduce their chance of HIV infection. Used correctly, PrEP is about 99% effective at preventing HIV from sex and is at least 74% effective at preventing HIV from IV drug use. Planned Parenthood's expert providers can help you decide if PrEP is right for you.

Affordable PrEP Care

As of July 2021, the federal government is now requiring PrEP to be free under all insurance plans. Specifically, insurers must not charge copays, coinsurance or deductible payments for the quarterly clinic visits and lab tests required to maintain a PrEP prescription.

As a reminder, Planned Parenthood wants you to get the quality, expert care you deserve – no matter what. That’s why we’re in network for most insurance and accept a variety of payment options. If you don't have insurance or are concerned about cost, you may qualify for our low-cost services. Our staff can help you find coverage.

What is PrEP?

PrEP is when HIV-negative people take a daily pill, (Truvada®), to prevent HIV infection. 

When taken every day, PrEP is about 99% effective at preventing HIV from sex and is at least 74% effective at preventing HIV from IV drug use. However, PrEP may not work if you skip doses. Even if used correctly, there's no guarantee that PrEP will work.

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Is PrEP the right option for me?

PrEP is for anyone who is HIV-negative and at risk of getting HIV from sexual activities or injecting drugs. PrEP is especially recommended if your partner(s):

  • do not know their STD status
  • are HIV-positive and/or do not regularly use protection, like condoms, during sexual activities. 
  • inject drugs

Our expert providers can help you decide if PrEP is a good fit for you.

How do I get PrEP?

PrEP must be prescribed by a medical provider. You need to take an HIV test before beginning PrEP, and every three months while you take it. The test is a simple fingerstick.

PrEP is mostly used by people at high risk of HIV infection, but it's available for all patients of Planned Parenthood North Central States. You can get PrEP at any of our 29 health centers.

How much does PrEP cost?

As of July 2021, PrEP must now be totally free under almost all insurance plans according to the federal government. Health Insurers have 60 days to comply. For patients, this means that , insurers must not charge copays, coinsurance or deductible payments for the quarterly clinic visits and lab tests required to maintain a PrEP prescription.

Planned Parenthood staff can answer any questions or concerns you might have about PrEP. For more information, contact [email protected], or call 1-800-230-7526.

How else can I prevent HIV?

HIV is spread through semen, vaginal fluids, blood, and breast milk. 

If you’re going to have sex, using protection, like condoms, every single time is the best way to protect yourself from HIV.

Also, don’t share needles for shooting drugs, piercings, or tattoos.

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Our expert providers can help you decide if PrEP is right for you.

Our expert providers can help you decide if PrEP is right for you.

Planned Parenthood provides high quality care that supports and respects everyone's right to make decisions about their health.

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This page contains HIV prevention messages. You can see a full list of the services we provide at www.ppncs.org.