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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.


Prevent HIV Contraction

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 possible exposure to HIV.

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

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

Rapid ART

Antiretroviral Therapy

What is Rapid ART?

Rapid ART (Antiretroviral Therapy) refers to starting HIV treatment as soon as possible after the diagnosis of HIV infection. It is the action of starting treatment on the first visit of the new diagnosis preferably on the same day of diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rapid ART?

Rapid ART refers to starting HIV treatment as soon as possible after the diagnosis of HIV infection. It is the action of starting treatment on the first visit of the new diagnosis preferably on the same day of diagnosis.

Who is a candidate for Rapid ART?

HIV positive individuals, including newly confirmed positive, treatment-naive, individuals lost to care or those that test preliminary positive. After a complete medical history, assessment and evaluation a medical provider will determine if Rapid ART is appropriate for you.

Why is Rapid ART important?

According to the International AIDS Society (IAS)-USA, a patient should start Antiviral Therapy (ART) as soon as possible, including immediately after testing HIV positive (confirmed or preliminary positive), if the individual is ready. In addition, in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services, same day initiation of ART may be feasible and result in potentially improved clinical outcomes including retention in care, viral suppression (reducing an individual’s viral load to an undetectable level), decreased likelihood of loss to follow up and halt transmission to others. This positive treatment outcome is known as U=U, “undetectable” equals “untransmittable”.

How quickly should Rapid ART be started after a positive HIV test?

Rapid ART should be started within 5 days of testing HIV positive, however 0-3 days is preferred.

What Rapid ART services are provided at Radiant Health Centers?

Radiant Health Centers provides Rapid ART initiation for all newly diagnosed including preliminary positive, treatment naive or individuals lost to care regardless of insurance status. Services are free of charge.

How can I get Rapid ART Services at RHC?

Individuals who are diagnosed HIV positive at RHC will be offered Rapid ART upon testing positive and scheduled for an appointment on the same day, or within 5 days. Individuals who are diagnosed elsewhere should be referred to RHC and instructed to call for an appointment at (949) 809-8764.

What do I need to bring to the Rapid ART appointment?

Individuals should bring identification, HIV positive test results, any related medical records or test results if referred from an outside provider, and insurance card if insured.

How quickly will the individual get the medication for Rapid ART?

Individuals will be given a starter pack of medication the same day and prescription sent to the pharmacy. Individual assistance with resources for maintaining treatment, e.g. insurance, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) will be provided.

How will Rapid ART medical care by maintained?

Individuals will be referred to the Linkage to Care Services to assist with counseling, education, and linking to available resources that support retention in care.

For questions regarding PrEP, PEP & Rapid ART services, please call 949.809.8764

To find out more about PrEP, PEP & Rapid ART, call our information line at 949.491.1882