Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that prevents HIV. When taken as prescribed, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV up to 99% in HIV-negative individuals. You can lower your risk even more if you combine PrEP with condoms and other safe-sex prevention methods.
No way. In fact, women account for 20% of new HIV occurrences. Anyone can come in contact with HIV, regardless of their gender, sexuality, or lifestyle. So why not protect yourself?
If you’re on birth control, hormone therapy, or even breastfeeding, you can still take PrEP safely. Of course, you should always have a conversation with your doctor to be sure, but most people report no side effects while taking PrEP.
Don’t worry; we will work with you to find a solution at Trillium. We’ll help you find insurance and assistance programs that make PrEP more affordable. No matter what your income, you deserve to protect yourself.
The only way to know for sure is to talk to your doctor, but PrEP is recommended for those who are HIV negative and:
Have multiple or anonymous sexual partners
Do not use condoms or do not use condoms regularly
Use injection drugs or mood-altering drugs, such as alcohol, methamphetamines, cocaine, or ecstasy
Have sex in exchange for money, drugs, housing, etc.
Have a sexual partner living with HIV or a sexual partner whose status is unknown.
PrEP has been approved in HIV negative individuals weighing over 77 lbs.
Condoms are an effective tool against HIV, but they aren’t perfect. If you want to feel more in control, PrEP may be right for you.
There are usually very few side effects associated with PrEP. You may experience tolerable side effects such as stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, headache, or fatigue. For those who do experience side effects, they usually go away in 1-2 weeks!
You'll be screened for HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis at your PrEP intake appointment. If you test positive for Hepatitis or have any STDs, we'll get you connected to care right away and you can still begin taking PrEP. However, if you get a positive HIV result, you will not be a candidate for PrEP as it can make you resistant to HIV treatment. We'll help you get enrolled in our HIV RapidStart program so you can begin HIV treatment and reach an undetectable viral load.
Yes! You can take PrEP every day, even when you have your period!
Yes! There are multiple options for PrEP now (pills and injectables). Talk to your provider about what's best for you.
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