PrEP

"PrEP is a prevention strategy that has the potential to be a significant game changer in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Allegheny County. We need to leverage resources to educate both the community and healthcare providers about PrEP, encourage open, honest discussions about HIV risk and HIV prevention, and create stigma-free environments where people can access HIV prevention options that are safe, effective, and meet their needs."

DR. KEN HO, PHYSICIAN

WHAT IS PrEP?

PrEP, short for “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis,” is a daily medication that can reduce your chances of becoming infected with HIV by over 90%, when used properly. PrEP (brand name Truvada) is prescribed to individuals who are HIV-negative, but who may be at risk for contracting the virus. For example, you may be a good candidate for PrEP if your partner is HIV-positive but you are not.

NEW RESOURCE: PrEP Toolkit for Providers

WHAT IS PEP?

PEP, short for “Post-Exposure Prophylaxis,” is a 28-day daily regimen of HIV medication that can be taken to protect you within 72 hours after a suspected or known exposure to HIV (i.e. sexual contact, sharing needles). Your healthcare provider can prescribe PEP, or you can contact these community organizations:

QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT

  • 1. Am I a good candidate for PrEP?
  • 2. How effective is PrEP at reducing my risk of HIV infection?
  • 3. What other actions can I take to reduce my risk?
  • 4. What are the side effects?
  • 5. How often should I get tested for HIV and other STIs?
  • 6. How do I pay for PrEP? Will my insurance cover the cost?
  • WHERE TO GET PrEP

    RESOURCES & INFORMATION