PrEP

 

  • We can prescribe PrEP to you at our office.
  • If you are at high risk for HIV infection you should use condoms and consider PrEP. 
  • If you are HIV negative an in an ongoing relationship with a HIV positive partner you should be on PrEP
  • If you are not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner that recently tested HIV negative and you are a gay or bisexual man who has had anal sex without using a condom or been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months you should be on PrEP.
  • If you are not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner that recently tested HIV negative and you are 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 (for example, people who inject drugs or women who have bisexual male partners) you should be on PrEP.
  • PrEP helps prevent the HIV virus from establishing an infection
  • The medication Truvada will need to be taken everyday
  • Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among IV drug abusers it reduces the risk by more than 70%. 
  • You must be HIV negative to take PrEP and be HIV tested every 3 months while taking it.

 

TRUVADA FOR HIV PREVENTION

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.

How well does PrEP work?

Truvada® is a combination of two HIV medications (tenofovir and emtricitabine). These medicines work by blocking important pathways that HIV uses to set up an infection. If you take PrEP daily, the presence of the medicine in your bloodstream can often stop HIV from taking hold and spreading in your body.

What does it mean to be PrEP?

PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it's the use of anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected. PrEP is approved by the FDA and has been shown to be safe and effective. A single pill taken once daily, it is highly effective against HIV when taken every day.

Is PrEP covered by my insurance?

It has been almost two years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Truvada as the first medication for HIV prevention, or PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) treatment, and one thing is clear to those who advocate for its use: most private insurance companies, and all state Medicaid programs will cover it.

Is Truvada and PrEP the same thing?

It's been one year since I have started taking the FDA approved pill called Truvada for HIV prevention. The only sanctioned medicine (aka PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis) that prevents HIV infection, Not even condoms are approved by the FDA to prevent HIV.

How long does it take for Truvada to be effective?

It's estimated that it takes at least seven days for PrEP to reach high levels of protection in the body. When used correctly, Truvada for PrEP provides 92%–99% reduction in HIV risk for HIV-negative individuals who take the pills every day as directed.

How long does it take for Truvada to be effective?

It's estimated that it takes at least seven days for PrEP to reach high levels of protection in the body. When used correctly, Truvada for PrEP provides 92%–99% reduction in HIV risk for HIV-negative individuals who take the pills every day as directed.

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.

How much does PrEP cost per month?

Without insurance, PrEP costs about $1300 per month, plus the added expenses of office visits and lab work. But most insurance providers cover at least part of the drug's cost, since it is generally cheaper to pay for prevention than to cover the costs of treating people infected with HIV.

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