PrEP

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 protection rates of up to 99 percent.

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

Contact Angel, Radiant Health Centers’ PrEP Navigator, at 949.590.5310 to get set up.

  1. We will go over PrEP in more detail and explain the process
  2. We then provide a list of doctors who prescribe PrEP based on your insurance and help you set up an appointment
  3. On your first doctor visit, a metabolic panel to assess liver and kidney function and an HIV test to make sure you are negative will occur
  4. If the results come out clear, the doctor will prescribe PrEP for 3 months
  5. You would then come in once every 3 months for a repeat metabolic panel and HIV test, as well as getting the next set of prescriptions

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.