PrEP and PEP for HIV Prevention
What is PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication taken regularly by people who do not have HIV in order to prevent contracting HIV. PrEP can be taken by anyone and is widely available, often at no or low cost, and it reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%. Recent changes to insurances and accessibility will allow PrEP to be taken orally as a pill and as an injectable.
You can use PrEP alongside condoms and other prevention methods to provide the maximum level of protection for you and your partners. Learn more about PrEP for HIV prevention from the CDC website.
What is PEP?
PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis): PEP is a medication that can prevent HIV. It works best when given as soon as possible after an exposure to HIV, ideally within 72 hours, but the sooner the better. CrescentCare handles this as an emergency with an immediate same-day appointment.
CrescentCare has a team of HIV prevention and treatment specialists who can initiate medications to prevent HIV acquisition during your visit, and will monitor you during your treatment course.
Why should I consider PrEP?
PrEP has been tested in several studies involving those of all genders who are HIV-negative and at risk for HIV. It has proven to be over 90% effective and clinical trials have shown that it has little to no side effects. If you think you are at risk of HIV infection, you should talk to your doctor about PrEP. It is also covered by most insurance plans, so protection is at little to no cost to you.
Where can I get PrEP?
CrescentCare offers PrEP to patients at our clinics. Specially trained staff are available to answer your questions and help you set up an appointment.
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