"PrEP" stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It’s about taking a medicine before you might be exposed to HIV through a sexual or needle-sharing contact. The medicine can protect you from getting HIV if you take it daily.
PrEP is a good option for some people. PrEP might be a good choice to prevent HIV if:
PrEP can further reduce your risk of getting HIV, even if you’re using other forms of protection.
PrEP is now an option for teens. As of 2018, the FDA expanded approval for PrEP medication to be taken for adolescents at risk, as long as they weigh at least 77 pounds.
PrEP can cause side effects like nausea in some people, but these usually go away after a while. They haven’t yet seen serious or life threatening side effects. If you are taking PrEP, tell your health care provider about any side effects that are severe or do not go away.
More and more people are using PrEP across the country. But it’s still important for more persons at risk to use PrEP to avoid getting HIV. https://aidsvu.org/resources/deeper-look-prep/
The cost of PrEP is covered by many health insurance plans, and a commercial medication assistance program provides free PrEP to people with limited income and no insurance to cover PrEP care.
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