What is PrEP?
PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. That means routinely taking medicine before you come in contact with HIV to help reduce the risk
The CDC recommends that all sexually active adults and adolescents should be informed about PrEP for prevention of HIV. PrEP helps reduce the risk of getting HIV through sex.
- For people who are
- For people who may be at risk of getting HIV through sex
- Taking medication as prescribed by your healthcare provider
PrEP IS NOT:
- Used in emergencies—like if a condom breaks
- A one-time-only strategy
- A prevention method for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy
- For people who are living with HIV
YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM PrEP IF YOU:
- Don't always use condoms
- Had or currently have a STI
- Have sexual partner(s) who don’t know their HIV status
- Have sex in a geographic area or sexual network where HIV is prevalent
What is a sexual network?
"Sexual network" is just one way to describe how you and your sexual partner(s) are connected.
Your sexual network includes you, any current and past partners, plus all of their partners (and so on).
Understanding how you are connected within a network can help you and your healthcare provider determine if you may benefit from PrEP.
Have an open conversation with your healthcare provider about all your HIV prevention options, so they can determine a prevention plan tailored specific to you.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends clinicians offer PrEP to individuals who may have a higher chance of getting HIV
In 2019, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a Grade “A” recommendation for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) medications, strongly recommending clinicians provide PrEP services to eligible patients.
When services and items like prescription medicines receive a Grade A or Grade B recommendation from USPSTF, the Affordable Care Act requires coverage by certain insurance plans* with no cost sharing by individuals for the medicine.
For PrEP medications, under the Affordable Care Act, plans should accommodate individuals for whom a particular PrEP medication (generic or brand name) would be medically appropriate, as determined by the individual’s healthcare provider. In addition, PrEP-related lab tests and other services such as adherence counseling may also be covered without cost sharing by certain insurance plans.
To learn more, please visit pleaseprepme.org/paying-prep.†
*All non-grandfathered commercial payers and Medicaid expansion plans.
†Gilead is not affiliated with PleasePrEPMe.