Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Who should consider PrEP?
PrEP is for people without HIV who are at very high risk for getting it from sex or injection drug use.
The federal guidelines recommend that PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner.
This recommendation also includes anyone who has:
a high number of sex partners.
a history of inconsistent or no condom use.
a recent bacterial sexually transmitted infection.
involvement in commercial sex work
The CDC also recommends PrEP as a prevention option for HIV-negative injection drug users who have an HIV-positive injecting partner or who share injection equipment.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV, but who are at substantial risk of getting it, to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.
The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.
When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.
PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.
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Because PrEP involves daily medication and regular visits to a health care provider, it may not be right for everyone. And PrEP may cause side effects like nausea in some people, but these generally subside over time and the effects aren’t life threatening.
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