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PrEP

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, and it's a way for people at the greatest risk of getting HIV to prevent it by taking a daily pill. The pill is called Truvada. When PrEP is taken consistently, it's been show to reduce the risk of HIV infection by 92%! Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is proud to offer PrEP and prescriptions for Truvada! 

Interested in starting PrEP? Call 1-866-476-1321 to setup an appointment.

Should I consider taking  PrEP?

PrEP is only used for people who are at very high risk for HIV through sex or IV drug use. PrEP might be right for you if:

  • your partner is HIV-positive
  • your partner is HIV-negative and either you or your partner has sex with someone whose HIV status isn't known.
  • you're a gay or bisexual man who has had anal sex without a condom or been told you have an STD in the past 6 months.
  • you're a heterosexual man or woman who doesn't use condoms every time you have sex with people who inject drugs or have bisexual male partners.
  • you have injected drugs in the past 6 months and have shared needles or been in drug treatment for IV drug use in the past 6 months.

We can help you determine if PrEP is right for you. Call 1-866-476-1321 to book an appointment. 

How well does PrEP work?

When PrEP is taken consistently, it has been shown to reduce the risk of getting HIV through sex by 90%, and by 70% through injected drugs. 

We can help you determine if PrEP is right for you. Call 1-866-476-1321 to book an appointment. 

Is PrEP safe?

Like all medications, Truvada can cause some side effects. The most common is nausea, which for most people subsides over time. No serious or life threatening side effects have been detected with Truvada. 

We can help you determine if PrEP is right for you. Call 1-866-476-1321 to book an appointment. 

How do I get PrEP?

PrEP needs to be  prescribed by a health care provider. Planned Parenthood is proud to offer PrEP and prescriptions for Truvada. At your first appointment, we'll talk to you to determine if PrEP is right for you. If it is, we'll give you an HIV test to make sure you don't already have it. Then you'll receive your prescription. You'll need to come back in for follow up appointments every 3 months.

Want to learn more or start PrEP? Call 1-866-476-1321 to make an appointment. 

PEP

PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis, and unlike PrEP, this is a medicine you take after an exposure to HIV to prevent becoming infected. It must be taken within 72 hours of an exposure. PEP may be right for people who believe they were exposed to HIV through sex, shared needles, or if they were the victim of sexual assault. 

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is proud to offer PEP. Call us at 1-866-476-1321 to setup an appointment. 

Is PEP right for me?

If you’re HIV-negative or don’t know your HIV status, and in the last 72 hours you:

  1. think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex (for example, if the condom broke),
  2. shared needles and works to prepare drugs or
  3. were sexually assaulted

you should talk to a health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away. Planned Parenthood is here for you and can help with PEP. Call 1-866-476-1321 to book an appointment. 

According to the CDC:

"PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. It is not a substitute for regular use of other proven HIV prevention methods, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which means taking HIV medicines daily to lower your chance of getting infected; using condoms the right way every time you have sex; and using only your own new, sterile needles and works every time you inject."

We can help you determine if PEP is right for you. Call 1-866-476-1321 to book an appointment. 

When should I take PEP?

PEP must be taken within 72 hours after an exposure to HIV. The sooner it's taken, the better. Every hour counts. 

If you are prescribed PEP, you will need to take it for 28 days.

We can help you determine if PEP is right for you. Call 1-866-476-1321 to book an appointment. 

Is PEP safe?

Like all medications, PEP can cause some side effects. The most common is nausea, which for most people subsides over time. No serious or life threatening side effects have been detected. 

We can help you determine if PEP is right for you. Call 1-866-476-1321 to book an appointment. 

Where can I get PEP?

We can help you get PEP. Call 1-866-476-1321 to book an appointment. Your health care provider or the emergency room should also be able to prescribe PEP.

Additional Services for Guys

In addition to PrEP and PEP, we can help with:

  • STD testing and treatment
  • NEW! 1-minute HIV tests
  • Trans-inclusive health care, including hormone therapy
  • Immunizations for HPV, Hepatitis A&B, Tdap and the Flu
  • Sports and school physicals.
  • Help quitting smoking.
  • Free condoms! Available at any health center.

We Believe...

Everyone has the right to access high quality, non-judgmental health care, regardless of their sexuality or gender.

Our staff understand the unique health care needs of the queer and trans community, and look forward to serving you soon.

Book an appointment online now. Or call 1-866-476-1321, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.