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PrEP is a new way of preventing HIV. It uses an HIV drug, Truvada, to help keep a person who is HIV-negative from being infected when they are exposed to the virus. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
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  • You must first be tested for HIV to make sure you are negative before starting PrEP.
  • Every three months, you will need to see your health care provider for HIV testing and blood work and to receive prevention counseling.
  • Taking Truvada for PrEP every day is very important for it to work and to avoid drug resistance.
  • PrEP is most effective when used in combination with other prevention methods, such as condoms.
  • If you don’t have insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, or are underinsured, free medication may be available through Gilead, the manufacturer of Truvada. For more information, call 855-330-5479, or go to gilead.com/truvada_assistance_program.

Is PrEP for me?

Truvada for PrEP is for people who do not have HIV. People who would be good candidates for PrEP include those who:

  • can’t or don’t use condoms;
  • don’t know the HIV status of their sex partners;
  • exchange sex for money, food, or housing;
  • use drugs.

Women and PrEP

Truvada for PrEP has been shown to protect women, including transgender women, against HIV.

As with men, women who fail to take PrEP every day as directed may not be protected from HIV.

Women who become pregnant while on PrEP should talk with their health care provider about the risks and benefits of continuing to take it.

 

First, you must get tested to make sure you do not have HIV.

Although Truvada for PrEP is known to be easy to take and has very few side effects, you’ll need to have regular blood tests. Have an open and ongoing conversation with your health care provider about your sexual activity and other HIV risks.

Unlike HIV medication, you do not have to take PrEP forever. PrEP may be particularly helpful during those periods—months or years—in your life when you may be at high risk for infection.

It will not protect you 100% against HIV. But taken every day as directed, PrEP can be up to 94% effective.

It is not a “morning-after pill” or a pill you can pop before a “big weekend.” You need to take it every day.

It won’t protect you against other STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, or syphilis.

It does not prevent pregnancy.

LEARN MORE!

Find out if you would be a good candidate for PrEP, and if PrEP would help protect you against HIV.

Download the printer-friendly version of our PrEP factsheet.

Contact Joey Metler at TPAN for more information about PrEP:
Call (773) 989-9400, or email him: j.metler@tpan.com

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