PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
PrEP is a daily pill for HIV prevention.
How can I get PrEP?
If you think PrEP is right for you or would like to know more about it, you can make an appointment with The Red Clinic. Our doctors are available online and in-person to help you.
Once PrEP is prescribed to you, you will need to return for blood work every one to three months. Our clinical staff will keep close track of any side effects, which are typically minor and not experienced by the majority of PrEP users.
PrEP should be taken daily. Remember, PrEP does not protect against STIs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis. Condoms are recommended to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
If you have questions about PrEP, contact our friendly staff via Facebook Messenger or read more about PrEP below.
What is PrEP?
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is the newest tool in HIV prevention. It’s a prescription medicine that, when taken every day, significantly reduces your chances of getting HIV by blocking the virus.
PrEP does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, so you should continue using condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections. At The Red Clinic, once becoming a PrEP patient, you receive regular check-ups at (COST) that includes HIV and STI testing, STI diagnosis and treatment, and general wellness exams.
Is PrEP for me?
If you are HIV-negative and think you might be more susceptible to getting HIV, taking PrEP can give you peace of mind and empower you to have a healthier sex life.
You might be more susceptible to contracting HIV if:
- You have more than one sex partner.
- You do not regularly use condoms.
- You’re in an ongoing relationship with someone who has HIV.
- You’re not sure of your sex or needle-sharing partners with HIV status.
- You or your sex partner have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the past six months.
- You have injected drugs in the past six months and have shared needles.
- Your sexual partner has injected drugs in the past six months.
How does PrEP Work?
PrEP works to prevent HIV by interfering with HIVs ability to copy itself in your body after exposure. This prevents the virus from establishing an infection.
When taken every day, PrEP has shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are more susceptible to contracting the virus by 99%. Though the benefits of taking PrEP still exists, it is less effective if not taken every day. PrEP can be more effective if combined with other ways to prevent HIV infection, like using condoms and drug abuse treatment.
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