One pill, once a day is at least
92% effective at preventing HIV.
PrEP is a game-changing drug that greatly reduces your chances of becoming HIV-positive.
When taken every day, PrEP can be at least 92% effective at stopping HIV.
PrEP can only be prescribed by a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. It must be taken every day to effectively work.
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.
Pre = before
Exposure = coming into contact with HIV
Prophylaxis = treatment to prevent an infection from happening
It is an FDA-approved prevention pill for people who don’t have HIV, but who have a greater chance of becoming HIV-positive. When taken every day, PrEP can prevent an HIV infection by over 92%. You can use PrEP with other prevention methods, like condoms, to offer more protection. For PrEP to work, people who use it must take it every day and follow up with their doctor or medical team member every 3 months.
Let’s find out. PrEP is designed for anyone who does not have HIV, but who have a greater chance of becoming HIV-positive. It can be prescribed to heterosexual people, gay and bisexual people, transgender people, non-binary people, and more. PrEP allows people who inject drugs to stay HIV-negative, and those whose sexual partner(s) include people who are HIV-positive, stay HIV-negative.
You might consider PrEP if:
The good news is most people who’ve taken PrEP reported they’ve had no side effects. However, as with any drug, it is good to know all the risks.
When on PrEP, you should check in with your doctor or medical team member regularly so they can help you with any issues you may experience.
When taken every day, PrEP has been proven to reduce the risk of HIV infection, in people who have a greater chance of becoming HIV-positive, by more than 90%. However, keep in mind that PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.
Studies have shown for rectal tissue:
More studies are needed for vaginal and cervical tissue. But, research says PrEP should be taken daily for an estimated 90% level of protection.
*According to data analysis from the iPrEx study that found PrEP to be effective.
Studies have shown that hormone therapy (HRT) does not make PrEP less effective.
If you have concerns about PrEP interacting with your HRT, talk to your doctor or medical team member.
PrEP starts with a conversation. You can talk to any primary care doctor, medical team member, or HIV testing counselor to determine if PrEP is right for you.
Our team at Whitman-Walker Health would be happy to discuss PrEP with you. We promise it will only take a few minutes, and it can be life-changing.
Have questions? Schedule a PrEP talk here or call (202) 939-7690.
Schedule an appointment with Whitman-Walker Health.
PrEP can be expensive, but most insurance policies (public and private) can cover the costs. If you don’t have insurance, we can help. Our PrEP Navigator can connect you to our insurance navigation team. They are a team of trained experts who can help screen and enroll you in the best coverage option for which you are eligible.
Have questions or need help? Call our Insurance Help line at (202) 745-6151 to speak with one of our Public Benefits and Insurance Navigators.
Most insurance plans cover PrEP, but the monthly out-of-pocket costs can change from person to person. This depends on a few factors:
Contact your plan’s Member Services for specifics about your out-of-pocket costs to access PrEP.
When paying for PrEP, if…
…there are options:
For the Uninsured: Our insurance navigation team can help you seek options to enroll in an insurance plan that’s right for you.
Have questions or need help? Call our Insurance Help Line at (202) 745-6151 to speak with one of our Public Benefits and Insurance Navigators.
Uninsured: If you do not qualify for insurance or your insurance plan does not cover PrEP, you may qualify for the Gilead Patient Assistance Program. In this program, Gilead pays the cost of PrEP for a period of time.
For this option, call our PrEP Navigator at (202) 745-6145.
Co-Pay Assistance: If you have a co-pay at the pharmacy when you fill your PrEP prescription, you may qualify for Gilead’s Co-Pay Card. Under this form of assistance, Gilead provides those enrolled with funds to help cover the cost of their Co-Pays. You can re-apply for this assistance every year.
For more information, contact our PrEP Clinic at (202) 939-7690.