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.
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:
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.
Truvada for PrEP is a single pill taken once a day. Intermittent use markedly decreases the effectiveness.
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.
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.
Side effects are minimal. Some people have mentioned nausea, fatigue, and dizziness, but these symptoms usually resolve quickly if they occur.
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%.
It is recommended to be combined with condom use, as PrEP does not protect you from syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia or other sexually transmitted infections.
AbsoluteCARE patients will receive baseline labs, including an STI screening and complete metabolic panels, as well as safer sex counseling.
All patients using PrEP will be seen for regular follow‐ups every three months. Each visit will include labs, health education and counseling.
PrEP is covered by most insurance plans. Some companies may require a pre‐authorization to determine if you are eligible.
Call 404.231.4431 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced PrEP providers.
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