HIV Prevention Just Got Easier
What is PrEP?
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a pill that protects you from getting HIV. For many years, people who are HIV positive have been using Truvada (brand name PrEP), along with other medications, to successfully fight off the virus and remain in optimal health. Truvada is now being used to keep people HIV negative and is one of the medications used in treating and preventing HIV.
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To learn more, call 436-PREP.
How does PrEP Work?
PrEP is a pill taken once daily. Maximum protection is achieved after one week for men and three weeks for women. You are protected for as long as you keep taking PrEP.
For HIV negative people who take it every day, PrEP can lower the risk of getting HIV by 92% – 99%.
PrEP, or Truvada, has been shown to be very safe. However, like with any medication there may be minor side effects. Some people get an upset stomach when they first start taking it.
To get PrEP you have to see a doctor and be given a prescription. While you are using PrEP, you will need to check in with your doctor every 3 months.
The cost of PrEP includes the cost of the medication, the medical appointments and the lab tests. There are a number of ways to afford PrEP: through your private insurance or Medicaid. Gilead — the company that makes Truvada — also has a program to help cover the cost if you are eligible and New York State DOH offers a PrEP Assistance Program (PrEP-AP)
Most adults can safely use PrEP, but a doctor will need to determine if there is any reason why you should not take it. PrEP is only for people who are HIV negative. PrEP is recommended for individuals with high risk for HIV exposure. But everyone’s situation is different – take into onsideration your overall health, the kinds of sex you have, and your partners. Learn all you can about PrEP and seek out advice from a trusted doctor or healthcare professional.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), recommend using condoms along with the PrEP medication. Whether you use condoms always, sometimes, or never, PrEP will help protect you from HIV. Using condoms is important to protect you from STDs. Using Truvada and condoms together provides the best protection.
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