What is PrEP?
Is it Effective?
Is PrEP a Vaccine?
When taken every day, PrEP is safe and highly effective in preventing HIV infection. PrEP is even more effective if it is combined with other ways to prevent new HIV infections like condom use, drug abuse treatment, and treatment for people living with HIV to reduce the chance of passing the virus to others.
Each individual has their own risk factors but, historically, there have been certain groups affected more drastically by HIV/AIDS. These groups include:
This list is not exhaustive. For more information about HIV prevalence by population, please go to AIDS.gov
PrEP can be a good protective barrier against HIV by anyone who is sexually active and can take a pill every day. It might also be a good option for those that are intravenous drug users.
Certain behaviors put you at risk for HIV including condom-less sex and intravenous drug use.
What is PEP?PEP stands for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis and is a protocol to be used after possible exposure to HIV. PEP must be prescribed within 72 hours of possible exposure and the medications are taken for 28 days.
How can I access PEP?PEP is available by prescription only and must be accessed within the 72 hours following possible exposure to HIV. The prescription can be obtained from a physician, an emergency room, an urgent care clinic, or an HIV clinic. Because this is time-sensitive, it is best to call ahead of time to make sure you can be seen.
Is PEP safe?
According to the CDC, PEP might cause some side effects but is considered safe. Any side effects that do occur are treatable.