PrEP / nPEP
PrEP / nPEP
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention method that HIV-negative people who are at high risk for HIV can take daily to help prevent HIV infection. Currently, Truvada is the only approved medication for PrEP. When taken regularly, PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool, but does not prevent STDs. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently. PrEP should be used in conjunction with other prevention methods such as condoms to reduce the risk of infection. Truvada should be used under the care of a medical provider.
PrEP may be a good option for you if:
- Your partner lives with HIV
- Your partner's HIV status is not known.
- You've had an STD in the past 6 months.
- You use injection drugs.
- Your partner uses injection drugs.
- More than one partner
- Inconsistent condom use
The CDC's AreYou Ready For PrEP video covers PrEP basics, access, and other important information about this HIV prevention option.
Please call to schedule an appointment if you are ready to start PrEP, or you have any questions.
Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) is a medical intervention designed to prevent HIV infection after exposure to the virus. To be effective, nPEP must be started within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure and must be taken for 28 days.
If you think you have recently been exposed to HIV, please call the Department of Health immediately 941-624-7200.