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Are you HIV-negative but at high risk for being exposed to HIV?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

 
Interested in starting PrEP?
Please call our PrEP specialist at 914-995-8487 or visit one of our STD clinics. You can also make an appointment directly with a PrEP provider in your area. 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?

You can also use these brochures (English, EspaƱol) to help you plan for your appointment.

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.

 

Ending the AIDS Epidemic in New York State

Increasing access to PrEP for high-risk individuals is a priority under the Ending the AIDS Epidemic in New York State initiative. The Westchester County Department of Health serves on the Ending the AIDS Epidemic Steering Committee, whose goal is to reduce the number of new HIV infections in New York State to just 750, from an estimated 3,000, by the end of 2020 and acheive the first ever decrease in HIV prevelance in the state.

 

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