What is PrEP?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) refers to a medication that is taken to reduce risk of becoming infected with a disease. For human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), PrEP can be prescribed to individuals at high risk, and if taken consistently, risk of HIV infection can be reduced by as much as 92%. Important to note, PrEP does not eliminate the possibility of infection, but it does make it less likely. It is intended to be used in combination with safer sex practices to maximize your protection. Although the management of HIV and AIDS has greatly improved, the number of people living with HIV in the United States continues to rise, and PrEP is a tool that can combat that trend.
So who is considered "high risk"?
- HIV-negative men who have sex with men
- HIV-negative individuals in serodiscordant relationships of any gender
The Equality Clinic works with the Gilead U.S. Advancing Access Program to provide our eligible patients with PrEP to control the spread of HIV in our community. In this process, we screen patients for current HIV infection and monitor for adverse effects of the medication. If you're interested in starting PrEP, call us at (762) 218-2226 to schedule an appointment. If you're not eligible for Equality Clinic care or the Gilead assistance, we still encourage you to discuss PrEP treatment with your physician.
To find out more about eligibility and information about Truvada, please visit the drug information website.
For more information on PrEP, you can visit the CDC's FAQ to learn more.