All About PrEP
What is PrEP?
- Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, also known as PrEP, is a once-daily pill (Truvada) taken orally that helps to reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission
- The drug Truvada was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2012 for use as prophylaxis for HIV
- When taken reliably, PrEP is 92% effective in reducing the transmission of HIV
- PrEP is a prevention tool that can be used with condoms and/or other prevention methods to provide greater protection than when used alone
Who Should Consider PrEP?
Link to source: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/prepguidelines2014.pdf
How do I get PrEP?
- It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about PrEP and
- Complete medical tests to see if PrEP is right for you, these include:
- HIV Test
- STI Test
- Other body function tests
- PrEP requires regular follow up visits to your medical provider every 3 months, which include STI Tests and kidney function test
How do I pay for PrEP?
- PrEP is expensive so most patients use assistance programs to help cover cost ($1500/month)
- Gilead, the drug company that makes PrEP, offers an assistance program: (https://www.truvada.com/how-to-get-truvada-for-prep/truvada-cost)
- If you are enrolled in government healthcare programs (Medicare part D, Medicaid, Tricare or VA) you may be eligible for other sources of support through independent co-pay foundations For more information please visit https://www.gileadadvancingaccess.com/
- Private insurance can also cover PrEP
What Does PrEP not do?
- Guarantee 100% protection from HIV
- Protect against other STI’S
- Cure HIV
- Prevent pregnancy
- Treat HIV for someone currently living with HIV
For more information about PrEP, please check out the following resources:
- To Locate a Medical Provider who prescribes PrEP
- For additional support and information on PrEP
- If you are a provider interested in prescribing PrEP, but need more information
- Watch a video on how PrEP works
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Any medical questions or concerns should always be addressed with a physician. However, if you wish to discuss basic PrEP information, our Prevention Team is knowledgeable and can answer most questions. Please contact 402-552-9260.