What is PrEP?
- PrEP is a way to help prevent HIV by taking a pill every day. It reduces your risk of getting infected. When PrEP is combined with condoms and other preventative methods it works even better. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. The word "prophylaxis" means to prevent or control.
How does PrEP work?
- PrEP contains two medicines that interfere with HIV's ability to grow and take hold in the body if a person is exposed to HIV.
What else should I know?
- PrEP may not start working right away. Talk to your doctor or nurse about when it might start working for you.
- You will need an HIV test before starting PrEP and every 3 months.
- You will need other tests before you start and every 3 to 6 months while you are on PrEP.
- You will need to schedule a follow-up appointment so we can check how you are doing on PrEP. You should return at any time if you have problems while taking it.
- You will receive advice about ways to help you take PrEP every day so that it has the best chance to help you avoid HIV.
- You should be aware of some of the symptoms of new HIV infection: fever or flu-like illness, swollen glands, a rash, a sore throat, mouth sores, nausea and diarrhea, and muscle pain. If you have these symptoms, you should see your doctor or nurse.
How do I know if PrEP is right for me?
- Make an appointment at UHPP to talk to a healthcare provider and determine if PrEP is right for you. If you and your 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 many insurance programs. If you do not have insurance, Planned Parenthood can direct you to a medication assistance program that can provide PrEP for free.
Where can I go for more information?
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Health Centers offer:
- Information on PrEP
- Healthcare services including screening and testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Supplies like condoms and lubrication
- Prescription for PrEP medication