HIV PrEP

 
Our Primary Care Physicians are happy to provide HIV Prep to students who meet the risk criteria established by CDC. Please call (805) 893-3087 to make this appointment.

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

PrEP is a way for people who do not have HIV to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill contains two medications that are also used to treat HIV. If you take PrEP and are exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from taking hold in your body.

PreP, or HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, is meant of for individuals patients who are at high risk of acquiring HIV. This means patients 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 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 http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html