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PrEP, or HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, is meant for individuals who are at high risk of acquiring HIV. This means people who have receptive anal sex AND have multiple sexual partners, or relationships where one partner is HIV positive with a low or undetectable viral load and the other is negative.

It is not meant for low risk individuals who do not partake in the above activities or fit the above scenario.

A patient on PrEP takes a combination anti-viral pill, Truvada, daily. Along with condom use and other safer sex practices, it can help reduce the risk of acquiring HIV. It is meant to be as one part of the overall risk reduction strategy and not as a stand-alone intervention.

Anyone on PrEP should be seen every 3 months at a minimum to review sexual practices, get screened for other STIs and monitor their tolerance of the medication.

Further information can be found on the CDC website at

The word prophylaxis means "to prevent or control the spread of infection or disease.

Student Health is happy to provide HIV PrEP to students who meet the risk criteria established by CDC. If you would like to discuss PrEP, please call (805) 893-3087 and ask for an appointment.