PrEP, what?! Dr. David breaks down who might benefit from the HIV prevention pill.
PrEP is an option for anyone who does not have HIV and wants to reduce their risk of getting the virus. This may include, but is not necessarily limited to people who:
- have a sexual partner with HIV
- are at higher risk (or whose partners are) for HIV, including men who have sex with men, heterosexual women of color, and injection drug users
- do not regularly use condoms or who have had a sexually transmitted disease in the past six months
While highly effective at preventing HIV, PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Condoms provide protection against other STDs, in particular gonorrhea and chlamydia.
A health care provider can help you determine if PrEP is a good option for you.