What is PrEP?
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Truvada® is currently the only drug approved for PrEP in the United States. It is one pill swallowed once a day that can prevent HIV infection by more than 95%.
PrEP can be used along with other safer-sex practices, such as male condoms, female condoms, hormonal and non-hormonal birth control. Truvada is a drug with hardly any side effects, but some people may have an upset stomach, cramping or headaches during the first month. We recommend taking your daily PrEP pill with a snack or meal.
Is PrEP right for me?
Truvada for PrEP has been approved for women, men, transgender, and genderqueer individuals who:
- Aren’t in a mutually monogamous sexual relationship,
- Don’t use condoms consistently or regularly,
- Have been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months,
- Have injected drugs in the past 6 months,
- Have shared needles or works in the past 6 months,
- Have a partner who is HIV-positive and are considering getting pregnant, OR
- Are in an ongoing relationship with an HIV-positive partner.
Still unsure? Give us a call at (215) 545-PREP and talk to a PrEP counselor today.
How do I get started on PrEP?
Starting PrEP takes a few steps:
- First, give us a call at (215) 545-PREP (7737), send us an email at PrEP@fight.org, or use our portal below to make an appointment at one of our health centers.
- Our health center staff will work with you to develop a care plan that’s right for you.
- Visit our lab for a round of bloodwork, including an HIV test. Your healthcare provider will review the results to make sure you’re healthy enough for PrEP and that you are HIV negative.
- A prescription for Truvada® for PrEP will be sent to the pharmacy your choice.
- Come back every 3 months for a check in with your healthcare provider and PrEP counselor.
How much will PrEP cost me?
Philadelphia FIGHT is committed to providing healthcare services, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, to all people regardless of health insurance status or ability to pay.
There are some out-of-pocket costs to consider before getting on PrEP. Every 3 months you’ll need to see a healthcare provider and have blood work done. You’ll also need to visit a pharmacy every 1-3 months to pick up refills.
No insurance? No problem! Philadelphia FIGHT is a Federally Qualified Health Center and a partner of Benephilly. Our friendly health center staff will work with you to apply for any benefits you may qualify for.
Need help paying for PrEP? Our PrEP counselors can help you apply for a variety of patient assistance programs to get PrEP for the lowest possible price.
Still have questions about PrEP?
More information about PrEP
PrEP FAQs: www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep
Find a PrEP Provider Near Me: www.preplocator.org
PrEP Blog: www.myprepexperience.blogspot.com