PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is an HIV prevention method in which a HIV negative person takes medicine to reduce their risk of getting HIV. PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily. PrEP should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy, including adherence to daily administration and safer sex practices, including condoms, to reduce the risk of sexually acquired infections.
PrEP is meant for individuals who are at high risk of acquiring HIV. Not sure of your level of risk? Whatever your gender identity or sexual orientation, this tool developed by the CDC can help you assess the risk of HIV transmission from various sexual activities. This tool is not a substitute for advice from your medical provider, to find out if PrEP is the right HIV prevention strategy for you, schedule an appointment to learn more. Join the Line to speak to us via phone and make an appointment, no need to give the reason for the visit.
Further information can be found on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html
The word prophylaxis means "to prevent or control the spread of infection or disease."