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The Sunday Quick Post: What is PrEP?

What is PrEP?

PrEP is short for Pre-exposure prophylaxis and it is a medication taken orally to prevent getting HIV. But it’s not a quick fix and safe sex is necessary to further make sure you are protected.

How long has it been around?

While PrEP is relatively new in the medical community, only coming to light in 2012, it’s been widely used among many people to prevent contracting HIV. It’s 99% effective at preventing HIV through anal sex when taken properly and also for use in people who may be exposed due to intravenous drug use.

Is there just one type of PrEP?

There are two specific types of PrEP under the names Truvada and Descovy and there is a shot called Apretude.

What should I know before asking for PrEP?

PrEP can be expensive however, costing upwards of $1300 a month out of pocket but fortunately, most major insurances cover it. There are also side effects such as headache, nausea, fatigue and stomach pain but these are usually mild and go away after continued use of PrEP. There are also financial assistance programs to help pay for PrEP found here. 

How do I use PrEP?

Although it sounds like an easy option for preventing HIV, it’s mainly meant to be used in conjunction with condoms because it does not prevent other sexually transmitted diseases and only works as expected when taken properly.

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Where do I get PrEP?

PrEP can simply be requested at a primary care physicians office, OBGYN or local clinics such as Planned Parenthood. Find your local Planned Parenthood here.

Where can I find out more info?

HIV.gov 

HIVinfo.nih.gov

desovy.com

truvada.com

apretude.com

 

 

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