Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or "PrEP", is a medication that can be given to individuals who are at an increased risk of contracting the HIV virus. This medication can make it more difficult for patients to contract the virus from their sexual partners. The medicine is a pill called Truvada and is taken once daily.
Those who take PrEP can reduce their chances of contracting HIV though sex by as much as 90%!
PrEP is recommended for the following individuals:
- HIV-negative individuals involved in a sexual relationship with someone known to be HIV-positive
- Anyone not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative, and is a . . .
- gay or bisexual man who has had anal sex without using a condom or been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months, or
- heterosexual man or woman who does not regularly use condoms during sex with partners of unknown HIV status who are at substantial risk of HIV infection (for example, people who inject drugs or women who have bisexual male partners).
- Injection drug user, has shared needles/works, or has been in a drug treatment program (past 6 months)
- If you have a partner who is HIV-positive and are considering getting pregnant
For more information, visit the CDC PrEP page.