Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a medication that is used to prevent HIV in HIV-negative individuals. Despite the rising numbers of HIV diagnoses among heterosexual people, the stigma continues to persist that HIV is a health concern for only LGBTQ people. However, people who reported having heterosexual contact accounted for 22% of the 30,635 new HIV diagnoses in 2020, according to the CDC.
While there is still a great need to reach members of the LGBTQ community, especially LGBTQ people of color and people of lower socioeconomic levels, there is also a need to reach other groups that are at risk, and might not even have HIV on their radar.
So, who should be on PrEP? PrEP is an option for anyone who is HIV-negative. PrEP may be especially right for those who:
- Have multiple or anonymous sexual partners
- Have partners whose HIV status is unknown
- Do not use condoms, or use condoms irregularly
- Are male and have male sex partners
- Are transgender or of trans-experience
- Use injection drugs or mood-altering drugs such as alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, or ecstasy
- Have survival sex in exchange for money, drugs, housing, etc.
- Have a partner living with HIV
There are currently multiple options for PrEP. You can take PrEP as a once-daily pill or an injectable. It's important to talk to your provider about what option is best for you.
Curious how getting on PrEP works at Trillium Health? Here's what to expect.
Schedule a 10-minute phone call with our team, or come in for a same-day appointment
Get tested and meet with a provider who can prescribe PrEP if you're HIV negative
Stop by our pharmacy to get a 90-day supply of PrEP pills - OR - get injectable PrEP!
Come back and see us for check-ups!
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 15%, or 1 in 7 people who are living with HIV have no idea. This is why it's crucial that people who are sexually active get tested for HIV and STIs regularly. At Trillium Health, we offer same-day HIV and STI testing.
If you have had sex without a condom, or have used or been stuck by a needle, and are not on PrEP, you may have been exposed to HIV. It's important to start PEP, the "morning-after pill" for possible HIV exposure, immediately. Call us at 585.454.PrEP (7737) during business hours, or, for 24/7 PEP access, call 800.923.9394.