I just wrote a loooonnnngggg post about how to take care of yourself if you choose to have unprotected sex. I ran it by an STI Counselor friend who said I had forgotten to write about PReP. Instead of adding it to yesterday’s post, I am writing about it separately.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.
Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.
So, while PReP can help with HIV, it does not help with other STIs… it is important to know and remember that is what condoms help with. But, for many, HIV is the biggest fear of all and you can mitigate much of that risk with PReP.
Just like the testing, you can get PReP confidentially. You do not have to go to your own doctor for it. Google “Where can I get PReP [your city]”. Insurance often pays for it, but if you do not want to use your insurance (and I certainly understand why NOT to use it!), there are many programs that can help with paying for PReP.
PReP is for HIV-Negative people, so you will be tested before being prescribed the medication. This is a great thing! You will know your status and then can move forward with the information to keep you healthier, no matter the results.
If you have questions about PReP, feel free to email me Daphne@EnchantrixEmpire.com and I will help you find resources in your area.