What is PrEP? 

PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a daily medication that reduces the chances of a HIV- person from contracting HIV. Taking PrEP as prescribed can reduce risk of getting HIV by over 90% -especially when combined with condoms, lube and other prevention methods! The pill contains two medicines that are also used to treat HIV. If you take PrEP and are exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from taking hold in your body. 

Is PrEP Right For You? 

PrEP may benefit you if you are HIV-negative and ANY of the following apply to you: 

You are a gay/bisexual man and: 

  • Have an HIV-positive partner
  • Have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners or a partner whose HIV status is unknown
  • You also have anal sex without a condom
  • Recently had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) 

You are a heterosexual and: 

  • Have an HIV-positive partner
  • Have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners or a partner whose HIV status is unknown and you also don’t always use a condom for sex with people who inject drugs
  • Don’t always use a condom for sex with bisexual men 

You inject drugs and: 

  • Share needles or equipment to inject drugs
  • Recently went to a drug treatment program
  • Are at risk from getting HIV from sex 

Sources:

PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PrEP) (2016, December 30).

Center for Disease Control:Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. (n.d.).

How to Get on PrEP? 

Lifelong now provides PrEP Case Management! 

Our counselors will work with you to schedule your initial screening appointment. During this appointment you will meet with a provider and a PrEP Navigator to streamline the payment process. 

If you are interested in getting on PrEP and wish to speak to a PrEP Case Manager, please call 206-957-1750 or contact us using the form below.