PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, which is basically a way to protect people who don’t have HIV from getting HIV. Right now, there is one medication that is approved for PrEP, called Truvada. By taking one pill a day, Truvada is very effective at reducing the risk of getting HIV through sex.
It’s important to know your options when it comes to safer sex and preventing HIV. Using condoms correctly and consistently, getting tested regularly, and knowing the status of your sexual partners are still really great options for lowering your risk. PrEP is another tool available to you as an HIV prevention option, and some people find comfort in knowing they have added protection from getting HIV. If you are concerned about HIV, you should consider PrEP as an option for you.
PrEP is for anyone who is HIV negative and has a higher chance of getting HIV through sex or sharing needles. At the Annex, we serve young people through the age of 25 and PrEP is available to you even if you are under 18. When you come to the Annex, we will talk more about if PrEP is right for you. If you decide to get on PrEP we will work with you to make sure it is as affordable as possible. PrEP is covered by Medical Assistance, and most insurance plans. There are also assistance programs to help pay for the prescription costs. Even if you don’t have insurance, you may qualify for other programs to help with the cost of PrEP. Our staff in the finance office will help you figure that out.
Once on PrEP, it’s important to take one pill once a day to make sure it is as effective as possible. You will also need to see us every 3 months for HIV testing and to renew your prescription. We are here to help you along the way with any questions or concerns you might have.
Give us a call today if you would like to schedule an appointment to learn more about PrEP!