Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, is a powerful new way to prevent HIV infection in HIV-negative people who are at ongoing substantial risk of HIV infection.
For sexual transmission, this includes anyone who is in an ongoing relationship with a partner who has HIV. It also includes anyone who 1) is not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative, and 2) is
o a gay or bisexual man who has had anal sex without a condom or been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months; or
o a heterosexual man or woman who does not regularly use condoms during sex with partners of unknown HIV status who are at substantial risk of HIV infection (e.g., people who inject drugs or have bisexual male partners).
For people who inject drugs, this includes those who have injected illicit drugs in the past 6 months and who have shared injection equipment or been in drug treatment for injection drug use in the past 6 months.
• With PrEP, you take one pill a day and get regular check-ups with your doctor.
• It has been approved by the FDA since 2012 and is covered by most insurance.
• It is highly effective when taken consistently and correctly.
• PrEP does NOT prevent other sexually transmitted infections. Condoms and honest communication with your parter(s) are still important ways to protect yourself. Anyone who is sexually active may benefit from PrEP.
If you would like to learn more about PrEP, or if you want to discuss whether PrEP is for you, talk to your doctor or speak with a sexual health counselor at UNIT-10. You can reach us at 508.487.8311 or stop by our office at 336 Commercial Street, #10.
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