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PrEP - an HIV prevention option

PREVENTING HIV AND HAVING SAFE AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF SEXUAL HEALTH.

WE'LL TAKE YOU THROUGH AN OVERVIEW OF PrEP

WITH "PrEP 101,"

SHOW YOU HOW TO ACCESS PrEP,

AND LET YOU FIND OUT IF PrEP IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

PrEP IS AN HIV PREVENTION OPTION

THAT WORKS BY TAKING ONE PILL EVERY DAY.

PrEP STANDS FOR PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS.

WHEN TAKEN EVERY DAY, PrEP CAN PROVIDE

A HIGH LEVEL OF PROTECTION AGAINST HIV

AND IS EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE WHEN IT IS COMBINED

WITH CONDOMS AND OTHER PREVENTION TOOLS.

PEOPLE WHO USE PrEP SHOULD TAKE THE MEDICINE EVERY DAY

AND RETURN TO THEIR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER EVERY 3 MONTHS

FOR FOLLOW-UP AND PRESCRIPTION REFILLS.

NOW LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS.

IN SEVERAL STUDIES OF PrEP,

THE RISK OF GETTING HIV INFECTION WAS UP TO 92% LOWER

FOR THOSE WHO TOOK THE MEDICINES CONSISTENTLY

THAN FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T TAKE THE PILL.

SOME PEOPLE IN CLINICAL STUDIES OF PrEP HAD EARLY SIDE EFFECTS

SUCH AS UPSET STOMACH, LOSS OF APPETITE,

OR MILD HEADACHE, BUT THESE WERE ALL MILD

AND USUALLY WENT AWAY IN THE FIRST MONTH.

HOW DO YOU START PrEP?

TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

IF YOU AND YOUR PROVIDER AGREE THAT PrEP MIGHT HELP,

GET TESTED FOR HIV AND OTHER SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

AND TO SEE IF YOUR KIDNEYS ARE WORKING WELL.

IF PrEP IS A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU,

YOUR PROVIDER WILL GIVE YOU A PRESCRIPTION.

PrEP IS COVERED BY MOST INSURANCE PROGRAMS.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE INSURANCE, YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

CAN DIRECT YOU TO MEDICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

THAT MAY HELP PAY FOR PrEP.

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT

AND HIV AND AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THINKING ABOUT PrEP TO PREVENT HIV?

HERE'S WHAT TO DO NEXT.

MAKE A LIST OF WHY YOU THINK PrEP

WOULD BE RIGHT FOR YOU AND DO YOUR RESEARCH

AND SEEK OUT INFORMATION TO HELP YOU DECIDE.

ALSO THINK ABOUT YOUR ROUTINE AND WHAT MIGHT MAKE IT

EASY OR HARD TO TAKE A DAILY PILL

AND ALWAYS KNOW YOU CAN CALL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS,

BUT WHAT ARE THE BEST QUESTIONS TO ASK?

WOULD PrEP BE A GOOD OPTION FOR ME?

HOW MUCH WOULD PrEP LOWER MY RISK OF HIV INFECTION?

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO LOWER MY RISK OF HIV INFECTION?

CAN I GET HELP PAYING FOR PrEP?

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO PrEP?

HOW OFTEN WILL I BE TESTED FOR HIV AND OTHER STDs?

WILL YOU PRESCRIBE AND MANAGE PrEP FOR ME?

IF YOU DECIDE PrEP IS RIGHT FOR YOU,

DEFINITELY TAKE YOUR PILL EVERY DAY.

FOLLOW YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER'S ADVICE

ABOUT HOW TO TAKE YOUR PILL.

THIS WILL GIVE IT THE BEST CHANCE TO PREVENT HIV INFECTION.

TELL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE

REMEMBERING TO TAKE YOUR PILL OR WANT TO STOP PrEP.

REMEMBER, YOU ARE IN CONTROL.

GET INFORMED.

MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU.

CHECK OUT THE "START TALKING. STOP HIV" WEBSITE FOR RESOURCES.