- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a biomedical intervention that consists of taking one pill (Truvada) daily to prevent and reduce HIV infection. It is recommended that PrEP is used in combination with condoms.
- Think of PrEP like birth control; birth control prevents pregnancy if taken correctly and consistently. PrEP can prevent HIV if taken correctly and consistently.
- PrEP Guidelines
- Post exposure prophylaxis (or PEP) is a biomedical treatment (drug regimen) to prevent HIV infection in someone who believes he or she may have been exposed to an infected partner. PEP should be used as an emergency tool and must be started within 72 hours of a possible HIV exposure incident.
- Think of PEP like Plan B (Morning-after-pill; Plan B is used as an emergency tool to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or failure of other forms of birth control. PEP should also be used in emergency situations within 72 hours of an exposure risk to HIV.
- PEP Guidelines
PrEP assistance programs for insured and uninsured:
Note: There are some health insurance companies that may cover the cost for PrEP prescriptions. Contact your health insurance provider to find out how much.