Are you HIV-negative but at high risk for being exposed to HIV? If so, you should talk to a health care provider about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis).
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill that can prevent HIV infection. If you take PrEP every day, it greatly reduces your risk of HIV. PrEP can protect you if you are:
- in an ongoing relationship with an HIV-positive partner
- not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative
- an injection drug user
PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an emergency medication that you begin taking right after you are exposed to HIV. You continue taking PEP for 28 days. PEP can protect you:
- after you have unprotected sex with someone who has, or might have, HIV
- if you were exposed to HIV while injecting drugs
If you are HIV-negative and think you were exposed to HIV, go immediately to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP.
Interested in starting PrEP?
Make an appointment with a PrEP provider and be sure to ask these questions at your first visit:
- Am I a good candidate for PrEP?
- What other options can I use to lower my risk of getting HIV infection?
- How effective would PrEP be at reducing my risk of HIV infection?
- Are there any side effects?
- Can you prescribe PrEP for me here?
- Is there assistance to help me pay for PrEP?
- Are you willing to prescribe and manage PrEP for me?
- How often will I have to be tested for HIV and other STDs?
- Can PrEP help me get pregnant safely if my partner has HIV?
- Can I take PrEP if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
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