What is PrEP?

 
 

PrEP which stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a new medication that has been tested and approved by the FDA as a safe and effective way to prevent against the spread of HIV. If taken once a day PrEP has been proven to reduce the spread of HIV by 99%.

Who should take PrEP?

According to the Center for Disease Control;

"The federal guidelines recommend that PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner.

This recommendation also includes anyone who

  • isn’t in a mutually monogamous* relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative, and
  • is a . . .
    • gay or bisexual man who has had anal sex without using a condom or been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months, or
    • heterosexual man or woman who does not regularly use condoms during sex with partners of unknown HIV status who are at substantial risk of HIV infection (for example, people who inject drugs or women who have bisexual male partners).

PrEP is also recommended for people who have injected drugs in the past 6 months and have shared needles or works or been in drug treatment in the past 6 months."