What is PrEP?
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a course of drugs taken by an HIV-negative person to prevent an HIV-infection, and can virtually eliminate the risk of infection if taken consistently and correctly. PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection as opposed to being used by itself. However, people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up appointments every three months.
Should I consider PrEP?
- Are you HIV-negative?
- Are you in a relationship with an HIV-positive partner?
- Do you have sex with men and have had unprotected sex or been diagnosed with an STI in the last 6 months?
- Have you injected drugs in the past 6 months?
- Are you sexually active with multiple partners, but do not use condoms regularly?
If you are HIV-negative and answered “yes” to any of the following four questions, call today to schedule a PrEP consultation with one of our providers. 203-852-9525.
Frequently asked questions:
Who should take Prep?
PrEP is a treatment that should be used by HIV-negative people, in consultation with their health care provider, who may run the risk of being exposed to an HIV infection.
Where can I get PrEP?
PrEP is available by prescription only and must be used under the supervision of a health care provider. All of the providers at CIRCLE CARE Center have experience prescribing PrEP and consulting with interested patients to explore if the treatment is right for them.
What does PrEP cost?
The staff at CIRCLE CARE Center’s onsite Pharmacy are well versed in helping patients to navigate the financial assistance that exists to pay for this medication. While PrEP is covered by most private insurance plans and state Medicaid programs, assistance exists to cover co-pays or other out of pocket expenses associated with the treatment.
Does PrEP have side effects?
Patients who take PrEP may experience some short-term side effects such as an upset stomach, headaches, nausea, or dizziness when they begin treatment. These side effects are considered normal while a patient’s body adjusts to the new medication. If side effects persist or become severe be sure to consult your health care provider right away.
More serious long-term sides effects are extremely rare in patients who use PrEP but may include liver toxicity, renal impairment, and lactic acidosis. All patients should discuss possible short-term and long-term side effects with their health care provider before starting the treatment.