Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
PrEP Can Lower Your Risk of Getting HIV by 92%Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a relatively new HIV prevention method, which involves HIV negative people taking HIV medication to help prevent HIV infection. A person on PrEP takes one pill each day to ensure that the medication is always in his/her body. If he/she is exposed to HIV, PrEP can help block the virus from spreading. Several studies have shown that PrEP can reduce the risk of a person getting HIV when taken daily.
HIV negative individuals who desire to go on PrEP must visit with a prescribing healthcare provider to have an HIV test to confirm their HIV status, and have other lab tests completed. They must also be able to commit to taking the drug everyday, and to return to their health care provider every 3 months for a repeatHIV test, prescription refills, and follow-up.