PrEP is short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and is a medication regimen to reduce the likelihood of contracting HIV. A once-daily pill can be 97%-99% effective at preventing HIV. Currently, the only medication that has been FDA-approved to be used as PrEP is Truvada®, which combines emtricitabine and tenofovir. PrEP requires a prescription as well as special health considerations.

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PRE = Before
EXPOSURE = COMING INTO CONTACT WITH HIV
PROPHYLAXIS = TREATMENT TO PREVENT AN INFECTION

PrEP does NOT protect against other sexually transmitted infections and is NOT a vaccine.

PrEP is different than PEP. PEP is short for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. PEP is a sort of morning-after pill for HIV and must be taken within 72 hours of possible HIV exposure. If someone who is HIV negative and not already taking PrEP experiences sexual violence or has sex without a condom with someone who might be living with HIV, they should reach out to a doctor or local AIDS Service Organization about starting PEP. PEP is a 30 day prescription of powerful anti-HIV medications and should only be taken when necessary.

To find a PrEP Provider or other kind of provider in your area, click “Know Your Status” on the navigation screen to your right, and use the drop down menu in the service category when searching.

Download our PrEP pamphlet. Descargar folleto de PrEP en español.