Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily medication that reduces your risk of contracting HIV. Studies have shown that PrEP is 92% effective when taken as prescribed.
To learn more, watch this video from the CDC that explains how PrEP works, how to get it and if it’s the right choice for you:
PrEP can be picked up at your local pharmacy. While you are on the medication, you will visit MU Health Care’s infectious diseases team for follow-up care and prescription refills.
Even when taking PrEP, condoms should still be used, as they are the best defense against other sexually transmitted diseases.
Is PrEP Right for You?
If you answer “yes” to one or more of these questions, you might benefit from taking PrEP:
- Do you have a partner who is HIV positive?
- Have you had more than one sexual partner this past year?
- Do you currently have more than one regular sexual partner?
- Are you unable to regularly use condoms with your partner(s)?
- Have you been treated for an STD this past year?
- Do you trade sex for money, housing, safety or drugs?
Is PrEP Safe?
PrEP can cause some minor side effects like upset stomach or loss of appetite, but these symptoms generally go away after few weeks.
How Much Does PrEP Cost?
PrEP is covered by many health insurance plans, and commercial medication assistance programs provide free PrEP to people with limited income and no insurance.
You can learn more about paying for PrEP at How can I pay for PrEP? Our team can also help you explore your financial options.