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PrEP - Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

FL Dept. of Health in St. Lucie County

What is PrEP? PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a medication taken by people who don’t have HIV, but who are at high risk of getting infected. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is very effective at preventing HIV infection. PrEP is a combination of two anti-HIV medications, tenofovir and emtricitabine, sold under the brand name “Truvada.” It is one pill, taken once a day taken by HIV negative people to prevent HIV infection. Other anti-HIV drugs are being studied to find out if they can be used as PrEP.

PrEP is currently recommended for certain HIV-negative persons who are at elevated risk for exposure to HIV. These include the following:

  • If you are in a sexual relationship with a person of unknown HIV status and you don’t regularly use condoms
  • If you are in a sexual relationship with an HIV-positive person, whether or not you consistently use condoms
  • If you are in a sexual relationship with a person that you know is at risk for exposure to HIV (such as someone who injects drugs or has sex with other people besides you)
  • If you are male and have anal sex with men without condoms
  • If you inject drugs
  • If you’ve recently had a sexually transmitted infection, such as gonorrhea or syphilis
  • If you have an HIV-positive partner and are considering getting pregnant

Click on the links below for more information about PrEP.

PrEP Locator - Find Your Provider
www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html