Questions and Answers About PrEP

What is PrEP?

PrEP is Pre‐Exposure Prophylaxis. Taking PrEP allows for people who don’t have HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill (called Truvada) daily.

Who should consider PrEP?

Anyone who wants to minimize their risk of getting HIV may be a candidate for PrEP.  PrEP is not the best fit for everyone, but those who are willing and able to adhere to taking a daily pill may want to consider PrEP. PrEP may be beneficial for men, women, transmen, and transwomen who:

  • have a discordant relationship with an HIV‐positive partner
  • have more than one sexual partner or are in an open relationship
  • are unaware of a partner’s HIV status
  • have been diagnosed with an STI in the past year
  • have participated in sex work
  • have had to take post‐exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in the past year
  • are intravenous drug users

Is PrEP used if you have been accidentally exposed to HIV?

PrEP is designed to reduce your risk prior to any exposure. If you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, please contact us immediately at 404.231.4431 to begin post‐exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which may reduce the likelihood of infection.

How many pills will I have to take?

Truvada for PrEP is a single pill taken once a day. Intermittent use markedly decreases the effectiveness.

What happens if I miss a day?

PrEP must be taken consistently. PrEP is still effective if a day is missed; however, the level of HIV protection may decrease. Condoms are recommended for additional protection.

How soon will PrEP begin to work?

PrEP needs to be taken daily for at least 7 days for protective levels to be reached in the blood and the rectum. It takes longer for protective levels to be reached in the vagina and cervix — so people with a vagina or a cervix may need to take PrEP daily for three weeks before it is protective.

What are the side effects?

Side effects are minimal. Some people have mentioned nausea, fatigue, and dizziness, but these symptoms usually resolve quickly if they occur.

How effective is PrEP?

When taken every day, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at elevated risk by more than 90%.

Will PrEP protect me from other STIs?

It is recommended to be combined with condom use, as PrEP does not protect you from syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infections.

What should I expect at my visit for PrEP?

AbsoluteCARE patients will receive baseline labs, including an STI screening and complete metabolic panels, as well as safer sex counseling.

How often will I need to see my AbsoluteCARE provider for PrEP?

All patients using PrEP will be seen for regular follow‐ups every three months. Each visit will include labs, health education and counseling.

Is PrEP covered by insurance?

PrEP is covered by most insurance plans. Some companies may require a pre‐authorization to determine if you are eligible.

How can I learn more about PrEP?

Call 404.231.4431 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced PrEP providers.

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2140 Peachtree Road NW
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Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Phone: 404–231-4431
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