PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a drug taken by people at risk of HIV to prevent them from contracting HIV through sex or drug use. PrEP can prevent HIV colonization and systemic spread. Currently, he has two FDA-approved daily oral medications for PrEP. A long-acting inject able PrEP has also been approved by the FDA.
At Allied Pharmacy, we understand your concerns about HIV prevention and transmission. PREP was approved in 2012 and stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
Why Take PrEP?
PrEP is very effective in preventing HIV when taken as directed. PrEP reduces the risk of sexually transmitted HIV infection by about 99% when taken as directed. When using injection drugs, the risk is reduced by at least 74% when taken as directed. PrEP is much less effective if not taken consistently.
Is PrEP Right for You?
- PrEP has a negative HIV test and
- You have had anal or vaginal intercourse in the last 6 months and:
- Having an HIV-infected sexual partner, especially if the partner has an unknown or detectable viral load
- Inconsistent use of condoms,
- Those who have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease within the past 6 months.
- they inject drugs
- have an HIV injection partner, or
- Please share needles, syringes and other injection equipment.
- You are prescribed PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) and you
- report ongoing unsafe behavior; or
- Used several courses of PEP
If a woman with an HIV-infected partner is considering becoming pregnant, talk to her doctor about her PrEP. PrEP may be an option to protect you and your baby from her HIV infection while pregnant, pregnant, or breastfeeding.
What drugs is PrEP approved for?
There are two oral drugs approved for daily use as PrEP. These combine two anti-HIV drugs in one tablet.
- The Truvada® Exit Disclaimer is for anyone at risk of HIV through sexual or injecting drug use. A general exit disclaimer product is also available.
- Descovy® Exit Disclaimer) is intended for sexually active men and transgender women at risk for HIV. Deskovy® has not yet been studied for HIV prevention during receptive vaginal intercourse.
Her long-acting inject able PrEP, Apretude® Exit Disclaimer, is also FDA-approved. Administered every 2 months by a healthcare provider instead of daily oral medication.
Is PrEP Safe?
PrEP is safe. No significant health effects have been observed in HIV-negative people taking PrEP for up to 5 years. Some people taking PrEP experience side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, and stomach pain. These side effects are usually not serious and go away over time. If you’re taking PrEP, tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or won’t go away.
And please note:
PrEP protects you from HIV, but not other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or other types of infections. Combining PrEP with condoms reduces the risk of contracting other sexually transmitted infections.
How do I get PrEP?
Individuals using PrEP should take it as prescribed and consult their doctor for follow-up.
If you think PrEP is right for you, talk to your doctor or health care provider. PrEP requires a prescription. Any healthcare provider authorized to issue prescriptions can prescribe PrEP. No infectious disease or her HIV medical expertise is required. If you don’t have a doctor, you can use the HIV Services Locator to find PrEP providers and other HIV services in your area.