PrEP for Women
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what is PrEP?

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.

Trillium Health is a leading Upstate New York healthcare provider for HIV prevention and PrEP.



isn’t HIV just for gay men?

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?

how will PrEP interact with my other meds?

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.

can I afford 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.

More FAQs

Is PrEP right for me?

The only way to know for sure is to talk to your doctor, but PrEP is especially recommended for those who are HIV negative and either:

  • Have multiple or anonymous sexual partners

  • Do not use condoms or do not use condoms regularly

  • Are male and have male sexual partners

  • 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.

Who can take PrEP?

PrEP has been approved to prevent infection in HIV negative individuals weighing over 77 lbs.

Aren’t condoms enough?

Condoms are an effective tool against HIV, but they aren’t perfect. If you want to feel more in control of your HIV status, without relying on a partner’s cooperation, PrEP may be for you.

What about side effects?

Good news – there are usually very few side effects associated with PrEP use. 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!

Does Trillium offer gynecological care?

Yes! We offer health care services, including gynecological care, by appointment. Learn more here.

Can I take PrEP while on my period?

Yep! Take PrEP every day, even when you have your period too!

Are there different kinds of PrEP?

Yes! There are multiple options for PrEP now (more than one drug and more than one dosing regimen). It's important to talk to your provider about what is best for you.

Ok, I want to start taking PrEP. What now?

Schedule a meeting with one of our Prevention Navigators. Call 1-888-PrEP-123 (7737) to speak with a specialist, or click here to schedule an appointment for a video visit. At your first appointment, the Prevention Navigator will address risk factors, do a rapid HIV test, schedule a meeting with a provider, and assess your insurance options.



so... what are you waiting for?

Stay HIV negative and stay in control of your health by making an appointment with Trillium.





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