PrEP 101: What You Need to Know

PrEP, short for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a powerful tool for preventing HIV. It is a daily medication that acts as a shield against HIV, lowering the risk of getting the virus.

What is PrEP?

PrEP uses antiretrovirals, the same drugs used to fight HIV, to “preload” your body with protection before potential exposure to the virus. This helps your body stop HIV from multiplying, preventing an infection.

Studies prove PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 99%. PrEP is a good choice if you:

  • Are sexually active
  • Are HIV negative
  • Have an HIV-positive partner
  • Use drugs through injection or share needles
  • Had an STI in the last six months
  • Use PrEP regularly
  • Don’t always use condoms

PrEP Side Effects

PrEP, like any medicine, can have side effects. Common ones include nausea, reduced appetite, headaches, muscle pain, rash, and fever. Most people using PrEP don’t experience any side effects, and they often improve as your body adjusts to the medication.

Getting on PrEP

There are two types of PrEP – a daily pill and an injection every other month. You and your provider will discuss which option is best for you. 

Regular visits with your provider are required for testing and prescription renewal, usually four times a year, with yearly kidney function checks. Most insurance plans cover PrEP, and there are assistance programs for those without coverage to make it affordable.

Schedule Your PrEP Consultation Today

PrEP is a revolutionary advancement in HIV prevention, highly effective at reducing the risk of HIV transmission. Take proactive steps to prevent HIV by exploring PrEP’s benefits and discussing your options with Spectrum Medical. When you’re ready, contact us for a healthy and HIV-free future.

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