What Is PrEP?
The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control the spread of an infection or disease. The goal of PrEP is to prevent HIV infection from taking hold if you are exposed to the virus. PrEP includes taking a pill (Truvada) daily, seeing your healthcare provider every three months for HIV/STD checkups, and using safer sex practices to reduce the risk of getting infected with HIV. PrEP can provide a high level of protection against HIV, and is even more effective when it is combined with condoms. However, PrEP is much less effective when it is not taken consistently. Take it every day to stay HIV negative.
Why Should I Take PrEP?
We won’t tell you what you should do, but if you’re not using condoms consistently, you’ve had a sexually transmitted infections in the past 12 months, you have an HIV+ partner, you’re a transgender woman who has sex with men, or you use injection drugs, then PrEP might be the protection you need to stay negative. Even if you are using condoms every time, and you just want to reduce the anxiety of getting HIV, then PrEP might help take the fear out of your sex life.
How Do I Get PrEP?
A healthcare professional has to prescribe PrEP, and we’re here to help. If you don’t already have a doctor that can prescribe PrEP we can help you find one. We’ve partnered with numerous South Florida healthcare providers that are not only knowledgeable about PrEP, but are also culturally competent in LGBTQ issues
How Do I Pay For PrEP?
Good question! Whether you have insurance or not, you can get PrEP. Most insurance covers PrEP, and, if not, there are several programs available to help pay for the medication, and we can help you make it happen.
People who use PrEP must be able to take the drug every day and to return to their health care provider every 3 months for a repeat HIV test, prescription refills, and follow-up.
For more information contact the PrEP Coordinator:
(954) 463 9005 ext. 210