PrEP is a once-a-day pill for people who do not have HIV and want added protection. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective in protecting against getting HIV. However, timing is everything. Taking PrEP may make more sense during some times in your life than others. If you have questions about starting and then stopping PrEP, check out this series from Greater Than HIV featuring Dr. David, who provides important answers to common questions.
Starting and stopping PrEP: What are the facts?
Starting PrEP doesn’t mean you have to stay on it for the rest of your life. You can go on and off PrEP depending on what’s going on in your life, but you should do so under the guidance of a healthcare provider. Consider the following questions when you discuss stopping PrEP with your healthcare provider:
- What major changes have occurred in your life?
- What are your concerns with being at risk when stopping PrEP?
- What other forms of HIV prevention will you be using?
If you stop taking PrEP and then want to re-start, you’ll need to get tested first to make sure you don’t have HIV. Also, remember, that it will take some time for the pill to reach maximum effectiveness, at least seven days for men who have sex with men.