PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)
PrEP is an HIV prevention strategy where HIV-negative individuals take an anti-HIV medication to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV. Taking PrEP can lower your chances of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. For people who inject drugs, it can reduce the risk by more than 70% (statistics according to the CDC). PrEP doesn’t protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. Once you begin PrEP at WE Health Clinic, you will need to return to the clinic regularly for monitoring and testing to ensure you are still HIV-negative and that PrEP is working well with your body.
Check out the CDC’s Risk Calculator to determine your risk of contracting HIV with your partner(s).
The CDC website provides detailed information about HIV/AIDS.