PrEP

PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medications to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. PrEP is approved by the FDA and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing HIV infection.

 PrEPPEP
DefinitionPre-Exposure ProphylaxisPost Exposure Prophylaxis
Who should use them?Pre-exposure prophylaxis is used PRIOR to exposure to a situation where you may encounter HIV:
- condomless sex with a person of unknown HIV status or person who knowingly has HIV
- sharing needles
Post exposure prophylaxis is taken AFTER an encounter which may have increased your chances of contracting HIV:
- condomless sex with a person of unknown HIV status or person who knowingly has HIV
- sharing needles
- needle stick in workplace or by accident
- unplanned event like sexual assault
How beneficial is it?PrEP when taken on a daily basis is a preventative measure for HIV. It is 90% effective when taken daily as prescribed. It takes seven days for the medication to become at a therapeutic level of effectivenessPEP can help decrease the risk of transmission when taken within 72 hours of possible exposure however is less effective than PrEP
ConclusionMost effective choiceOnly used in emergency circumstances
Where can I get them?Prescribed by a health care professional. Call 352-401-7552 for an appointmentPrescribed by a health care professional or emergency department. Call 352-401-7552 and ask for urgent appointment due to possible HIV exposure