What is PrEP and who qualifies for it?

What is PrEP and who qualifies for it?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is when people who do not have HIV but are at risk of getting HIV take HIV medicine every day to prevent HIV infection. PrEP is used by people without HIV who are at risk of being exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use.

What is a PrEP referral?

What is PrEP? PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a new HIV prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals use anti-HIV medications to reduce their risk of becoming infected if they are exposed to the virus. The medications work to prevent HIV from establishing infection inside the body.

How do you get prescribed to PrEP?

PrEP is only available by prescription. Any health care provider licensed to write prescriptions can prescribe PrEP; specialization in infectious diseases or HIV medicine is not required. If you don’t have a doctor, you can use the HIV Services Locator to find a PrEP provider and other HIV services near you.

Can you test positive while on PrEP?

Key points. The presence of antiretrovirals may suppress the immune response and the production of antibodies. Rapid tests and self-tests should not be used to confirm HIV infection in people taking HIV treatment. In the case of repeatedly indeterminate test results in a PrEP or PEP user, seek expert guidance.

Can you get PrEP over the counter?

Because PrEP medications are prescription medications, one cannot simply buy PrEP medications online and they are not available over the counter in the United States. Instead, the first step to getting a medication for pre-exposure prophylaxis is to consult a medical provider.

Can a straight man take PrEP?

The CDC also recommends taking PrEP if you’re heterosexual and you don’t regularly use condoms during sex with people whose HIV status is unknown. You can also talk to your doctor to find out if you should take PrEP. In the meantime, try the CDC’s risk assessment and reduction tool to learn more.

Can you infect someone while on PrEP?

Condoms provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). People who are on the PrEP medication but are not using condoms may be exposed to an STI. It is important to be aware that having an STI can increase a person’s chance of getting HIV if exposed to the virus.

Should I take PrEP If I use condoms?

PrEP only protects against HIV. Condoms provide protection against other STDs, in particular gonorrhea and chlamydia. Since twice-yearly STD screening is part of maintaining a PrEP prescription, going on PrEP can help you more promptly diagnose and treat any STDs you may contract.

Can I drink alcohol while taking PrEP?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking PrEP? There are no known interactions between the two. Taking PrEP outside the times you drink can help you avoid missing doses.

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