What is PrEP?
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-a-day pill taken by people who are HIV-negative to keep from getting HIV. When used on a daily basis, PrEP is over 90% effective at preventing HIV infection. The medicines in PrEP work by blocking the HIV virus from infecting your body and spreading. You can use PrEP alongside condoms and other prevention methods to provide the maximum level of protection for you and your partners.
Why should I consider PrEP?
PrEP has been tested in several studies involving those of all genders who are HIV-negative and at risk for HIV. It has proven to be over 90% effective and clinical trials have shown that it has little to no side effects. If you think you are at risk of HIV infection, you should talk to your doctor about PrEP. It is also covered by most insurance plans, so protection is at little to no cost to you
Where can I get PrEP?
CrescentCare offers PrEP to patients at our clinics. Specially trained staff are available to answer your questions and help you set up an appointment.
What about PEP? What is that?
PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is a way to stop HIV from infecting you after a possible exposure. It works best when given <em>as soon as possible </em>after an exposure, and definitely within 72-hours of the exposure.