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Prevent HIV with once-daily PrEP

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can help prevent HIV. IWhen used correctly, PrEP can lower your chances of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%, and can lower your chances of getting HIV from sharing needles by more than 70%.

Who can take PrEP?

PrEP is for people who are HIV negative and at higher risk for getting HIV. You may want to talk to a PrEP specialist if you:

  • Have a sexual partner who has HIV 

  • Don’t regularly use condoms

  • Have anal or vaginal sex with many partners, especially without condoms

  • Have a sexual partner who has anal or vaginal sex with other people without condoms 

  • Have injected drugs, shared needles, or been in treatment for drug use in the past 6 months

  • Have a sexual partner who has injected drugs, shared needles, or been in treatment for drug use in the past 6 months

  • Recently had another STD (like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis)

  • Do sex work that includes vaginal or anal sex

After an initial risk assessment and HIV test, our providers will write you a prescription for this medication that you take daily. Regular follow-up appointments, including blood work, are necessary to ensure the medication is working and has no negative impacts on your body. Most health insurance plans cover the cost of the prescription and appointments.

Things you should know before taking PrEP

  • It’s really important to take PrEP every day. If you skip pills, there might not be enough medicine in your body to block HIV.

  • Once you’re on PrEP, you’ll need to come back to get tested for HIV at least every three months. As part of your follow-up, your doctor may also recommend additional testing for STDs, kidney function, and/or pregnancy, as indicated. 

  • It’s really unlikely you’ll get HIV if you’re using PrEP consistently. But if you do happen to get HIV while using PrEP, it’s important for your health to stop using PrEP right away. PrEP is not a treatment for HIV — in fact, taking PrEP when you have HIV can actually make the virus harder to treat.

  • PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections, like gonorrhea and chlamydia. Using condoms along with PrEP will help you avoid other STDs and give you extra protection against HIV.

  • While most people have no side effects from taking PrEP, you may experience some nausea, loss of appetite, and headache. Most people who experience these side effects report they get better with time as your body gets used to PrEP. If you do have side effects that bother you and don’t go away, talk to your Planned Parenthood provider. 

The Drop offers free rapid HIV testing and PrEP navigation in a welcoming space. We provide LGBTQ+ inclusive sex education and host discussions, movie nights, and more.

Hours & Location:

921 E. 14th Ave, Suite A
Denver, CO 80218

  • Monday-Friday 4-10 p.m.

  • Sunday 12-4 p.m.

  • Closed Saturdays

MPower + TEEN'MPower

MPower is a free rapid HIV testing center in Albuquerque, also offering free safer sex kits, PrEP navigation, and community support for gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning men and trans individuals.

Our center also hosts TEEN'MPower, a program providing HIV education and activities for LGBTQIA+ teens (13-18) to be themselves in a safe space.

Hours & Location:

136 Washington St SE, Ste E
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Monday-Friday 3-8 p.m.