Men’s Health and Wellness Center provide PrEP and PeP as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
PrEP is free if you are qualified for Gilead drug assistance program. Please give us a call for more information if you are interested in starting PrEP today.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
PrEP is a way for people who don’t have HIV but who are at very high risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill contains two medicines that are also used to treat HIV. If you take PrEP and are exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from taking hold in your body.
PrEP can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. People who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every three (3) months.
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 a recent possible exposure to HIV. If you think you’ve recently been exposed to HIV during sex or through sharing needles and works to prepare drugs or if you’ve been sexually assaulted, talk to one of our providers or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.
Please note that you do not have to make a separate STD appointment if applying for PrEP. As a part of qualification process for PrEP, applicants are required to undergo an STD panel.