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PrEP

Are you PREPaRED?

Through the MAO Wellness Center, active adults with insurance can take advantage of PrEP. Please contact the PrEP Coordinator for more information, Bretia Gordon, MPA, (334) 280-3349. To earn more about HIV, explore the HIV 101 Page on this site.

What is PrEP?

PrEP is pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is when people who are at very high risk for HIV take medication daily (one pill) to lower their chances of getting infected. Truvada is the medicine that a person takes while on PrEP. It is a combination pill and has been approved for daily use to help prevent a HIV-negative person from getting HIV from a person who is HIV-positive.

Why take PrEP and is it effective?

PrEP can significantly reduce your risk of HIV infection if taken daily. It can lower your risk of getting sexually transmitted HIV by 90%; and injection drug use by more than 70%.

How can I start PrEP?

PrEP can be prescribed by a health care provider.  You must take it daily for it to work. You must also be HIV negative and will be required to take HIV tests during your visits to be treated.

How long do I take PrEP?

Again, you must take PrEP daily for it to work. However, it is your decision to take PrEP for as long as you at risk or as you choose. If you feel that PrEP is not the right choice for you or that you want to stop taking it, you should consult with your provider first.

If I take PrEP, can I stop using protection?

No! PrEP will not protect you from STD’s. It is suggested that you continue to use condoms or other protective measures while taking PrEP.

 

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For more research on your own, consider the following source:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)