WHAT IS PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PrEP)?
“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. 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.
HOW DOES PrEP WORK?
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.
WHAT IS PEP?
Post-exposure prophylaxis (or PEP) is a way to prevent HIV infection after a possible recent exposure. It involves taking HIV medications as soon as possible (within 3 days) after a single high-risk event to stop HIV from making copies of itself and spreading throughout your body.
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, call 917-580-1682 to learn more about immediate PEP services.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR PrEP/PEP?
Whether you have insurance or are uninsured, medical providers at these locations can help you navigate the system to make PrEP/PEP accessible and affordable.