Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected.
A combination of two HIV medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine), sold under the name Truvada® is approved for daily use as PrEP to help prevent an HIV-negative person from getting HIV from a sexual or injection-drug-using partner who’s positive. Studies have shown that PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV if it is used as prescribed. PrEP is much less effective when it is not taken consistently.
PrEP can be prescribed only by a health care provider, so talk to yours to find out if PrEP is the right HIV prevention strategy for you. You must take PrEP daily for it to work. Also, you must take an HIV test before beginning PrEP to be sure you don’t already have HIV and every 3 months while you’re taking it, so you’ll have to visit your health care provider for regular follow-ups.
The cost of PrEP is covered by many health insurance plans, and Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer, has a co-pay assistance program.
India Street is no longer accepting new PrEP patients. If you need assistance locating a provider please call Shawn Peterson at (207) 874-8768. Or visit Greater Than PrEP Locator: http://www.greaterthan.org.