"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."
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
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: