Want to take better control of your sexual health and wellness while staying happy and healthy? PrEP may be for you, and DC has everything you need!
Whatever stage of life you are in, it’s always important to take care of you and your health. PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an FDA-approved, daily pill regimen that can prevent getting HIV. When taken daily, PrEP is safe and over 90% effective at preventing HIV!
Read on to learn more about PrEP to help you decide if it is right for you.
PrEP is powerful HIV prevention. PrEP is a pill called Truvada. PrEP is getting the 100 on how to have a healthy sex life. PrEP is seeing a medical provider to stay healthy. PrEP is also knowing how condoms can help to protect you.
PrEP is for anyone who wants peace of mind to not get HIV. The DC Department of Health estimates that more than 2,500 people in DC have started PrEP. See below on how to learn more on starting PrEP.
To start PrEP, you need to see a health care provider. You can talk with your own doctor or see one of the many community locations offering PrEP. At your first visit, your health care provider will take some tests to check that you do not have HIV and others to make sure you are healthy. Your health care provider will tell you how often you need to have visits. It takes about 7 to 21 days for the medication to work best. Good things come to those who wait! Also, you can talk to your health care provider or some of the community locations that support people on PrEP.
Currently, there is no evidence that PrEP will interfere with your estrogens. Of course, discuss your particular concerns with your health care provider.
Some people may have some minor like nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. Most don’t last more than a few weeks. Talk with your health care provider if you are not feeling well.
You can read more on the CDC’s PrEP page here.
No. You decide how long and how often you want to take PrEP. Talk with your health care provider on what makes best sense for you.
Most insurance plans cover PrEP. DC Medicaid covers PrEP. There are also other plans that help pay for PrEP. The DC Health and Wellness Center offers a 30-day PrEP starter kit for some DC residents. For additional financial assistance, please visit the “Paying for Truvada” link here.
Because there are no visible side effects, no one can tell you are on PrEP. Only you, your health provider, and those you chose tell will know you are on PrEP.
If you are uncomfortable or unsure about going directly to a health care provider, there are trans-safe spaces in DC where you can learn more:
906 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
1525 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
2822 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Trans Community - The DC Center for the LGBT Community
2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 105
Washington, DC 20009
Damien Ministries (Shug’s Place)
2200 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20018
3055 Mount Pleasant St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
410 7th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003