What is PrEP?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, is a daily pill that is used to prevent HIV in someone who is HIV negative. PrEP is extremely effective at protecting you from an HIV transmission; however, this only works when the pill is taken every day. PrEP was FDA approved in 2012 and multiple research studies have confirmed its effectiveness, showing that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent when used consistently.

PrEP must be taken for 7-20 days to build up protection. Side effects occur in about 10 percent of people and vary from individual to individual; however, those effects go away within a few days after starting the medication and are usually mild.

Why take PrEP?

PrEP is an effective tool that can help protect an individual from an HIV transmission, whether through sexual contact or intravenous drug use with needle-sharing. It is important to note that even though PrEP prevents HIV, it does not prevent STIs or pregnancies. Condoms, safe sex and safe needle practices should still be utilized.

Who can take PrEP?

Men, women and transgender individuals are all able to take PrEP without any change in effectiveness of the medication. If you are sexually active and have more than one partner, or your partner has more than one partner, and you do not wear condoms consistently, then PrEP may be an option for you. Also, if you are an intravenous drug user and do not use clean needles every time, PrEP could also be an option.

I want PrEP

Call 949.809.8764 to get set up.

  1. Our Prevention Navigator will go over PrEP in more detail and explain the process.
  2. On your first visit you will be tested to make sure you are HIV negative.
  3. If the results come out negative, you will be prescribed 1 month of PrEP.
  4. You will come back after 1 month to assess any side affects you may be experiencing.
  5. If you have none, you will be prescribed 2 additional months of PrEP.
  6. You should then come in once every 3 months for additional testing and PrEP prescription.

Even those who do not have insurance can get on PrEP! Please don’t let this be a barrier to being proactive about your health. We can help.


What is PEP?

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV.

To print a card and bring to your emergency care service provider, click on the card below.

PEP Card (English)

¿Qué es el PEP? (Español)

If you think you’ve recently been exposed to HIV during sex or through sharing needles or if you’ve been sexually assaulted, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.

For questions regarding PrEP & PEP services, please call 949.809.8764.

To find out more about PEP and PrEP,  call our information line at 949.491.1882.