What Is PrEP?
PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a once-a-day pill to prevent contracting HIV. Presently, only two medications are being prescribed for PrEP: Truvada and Descovy. Your Prep Representative will go over both options and the medical provider will prescribe the one best for you. Studies have demonstrated that taking PrEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex, by 99% when taken as prescribed. And, for injectable drug use, using Truvada for PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74%, when taken as prescribed. PrEP is much less effective when not taken consistently. PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections. There are things you can do to reduce the risk of getting STIs (sexually transmitted infections), like:
■ Using latex of polyurethane condoms and lube
■ Talking to your partner about HIV and testing
■ Getting tested regularly for HIV and other STIs
■ Talking to a healthcare provider about how to help reduce the risk of getting STIs, including HIV