Want to take control of your sexual health and wellness while staying happy and healthy? PrEP may be for you, and the District has everything you need! Below are frequently asked questions about PrEP and where you can find it today.
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an FDA-approved, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended daily prevention pill for HIV-negative people who are especially vulnerable to getting HIV. Taken daily, PrEP is over 90% effective at preventing HIV.
Currently, PrEP is available in pill form taken once a day. Routine HIV testing is required, and condom use is encouraged as PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Typically, there is a one-month follow-up with your doctor after starting, then another at three months, and then six months after that.
PrEP is incredibly safe, and no significant health effects have been reported, but like with any drug, some side effects like nausea, dizziness, fatigue may occur. Consult your doctor if you experience any discomfort.
You can read more on the CDC’s PrEP page here.
PrEP allows you to stay happy and healthy while making your sex life safer. PrEP is for people who are HIV negative and vulnerable to getting HIV. To learn what sexual activities might make you vulnerable, visit the CDC Risk Reduction Tool here.
You might consider PrEP if:
PrEP offers protection against HIV. Condoms offer protection against STIs (like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and hepatitis) and also pregnancy. PrEP does not offer protection from STIs.
PrEP becomes effective by consistently taking PrEP for 7-14 days and 20 days for women.
PrEP must be taken every day to get the best protection from HIV.
Additionally, many local clinics are also enrolling DC residents in PrEP programs. Most insurance plans cover PrEP. Gilead, the maker of Truvada ®, has a financial assistance program that you can learn more about here.