What is PrEP? Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a way to prevent HIV. With PrEP, people who are HIV-negative take a medication (Truvada) once a day to reduce the risk of getting infected if they’re exposed to HIV. PrEP is an additional method that can be used with other HIV prevention strategies such as condoms.
PrEP clinical trials have been conducted, or are currently being conducted, all over the world. Research has very clearly demonstrated that PrEP offers high levels of protection against HIV infection if you taken it regularly. But, if you don’t take it consistently, PrEP can’t protect you from HIV.
Questions About PrEP
- Why do we need HIV prevention tools like PrEP?
- Aren’t condoms good enough?
- What are the side effects from PrEP?
- How can I afford PrEP?
- Where is PrEP available now?
Interested in Starting PrEP?
Visit Strut for your regular HIV and STI test and ask our counselors for more information.
Other HIV Prevention Strategies
Researchers and people in public health are now studying new HIV prevention strategies, such as:
- an HIV vaccine (SFisready.org)
- using HIV treatment as prevention (Avert.org)
- microbicides, which are gels or creams applied topically before sex (Rectalmicrobicides.org)