Quick answers about PrEP
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Who is PrEP for?

PrEP is for anyone who:

  • is looking to reduce their risk of getting HIV.
  • has recently tested negative for HIV.
  • has a higher chance of getting HIV through sex or sharing needles.

Not sure if that last one applies to you? Take the quiz to find out.

How does PrEP prevent the spread of HIV?

PrEP is an anti-HIV medication for people who are HIV negative. When some is taking the medication daily, it stops HIV from replicating in the body. So even if someone is exposed to HIV, the virus cannot take hold and cause an infection.

How quickly does PREP start working?

PrEP is not effective immediately. It takes up to 20 days to be fully protected. PrEP must be taken daily to be effective.

Can I use PrEP and birth control pills together?

Yes, there would be no interaction between the two.

How does PrEP differ from pep?

While PrEP is taken before exposure to HIV, PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is an HIV prevention strategy that uses a course of antiretroviral drugs to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV after exposure to HIV. PEP must be started within 72 hours after a possible exposure to HIV and continued for 28 days.

What happens if I miss a dosage?

The rate of protection is directly related to the rate of pill-taking. Daily PrEP use offers 99% reduction in risk of HIV infection.

Are there side effects from taking PrEP?

The most common side effects include headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, and loss of appetite. For most people, these will go away after a few weeks.

What happens if you take PrEP and you are HIV positive?

Truvada alone is not an effective treatment for HIV. If someone is living with HIV, Truvada may be part of their treatment regimen that is prescribed by a doctor. But if it is not taken along with other antiretroviral medications, the virus may develop resistance to Truvada.

Can you take PrEP for one night only?

No. PrEP is a daly medication that needs to be taken regularly in order to be effective.

If I take PrEP, does that mean I have to take it for the rest of my life?

No. It’s important that you take PrEP daily while at risk for acquiring HIV. When you feel that you are no longer at risk, or just decide PrEP is no longer for you, you should talk to your provider about getting off of it.


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