PrEP/PEP

What is PrEP?

PrEP is short for Pre-Exposure prophylaxis this medication reduces your risk of contracting HIV from sex or by injectable drug use. 

Is PrEP for me?

  1. For someone that has had anal or vaginal sex in the past 6 months with a partner with HIV, if someone doesn't use condoms consistently, or if someone had been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months. 
  2. For someone that injects drugs, someone that has an injection partner with HIV, or someone that shares needles, syringes, or other drug injection equipment (example: cookers.)
  3. Someone that has been prescribed PEP (Post- exposure prophylaxis) and the person reports the continued risk behavior or has had PEP multiple times.

Is PrEP safe?

Yes, PrEP like other medications can have some side effects on people such as diarrhea, nausea, headache, fatigue, and stomach pains. These side effects do go away after a little bit of time. If you have side effects that are severe or do not go away you should call your healthcare provider.

What is PEP?

PEP is short for post-exposure prophylaxis and is a medication to prevent HIV after a possible exposure.

When should PEP be taken?

PEP is for emergency situations that possible exposed you to HIV such as a condom breaking, sexual assault, or through sharing needles, syringes, or equipment to injected drugs (example: cooker.) This isn't the for people that are frequently exposed to HIV. If you are frequently exposed to HIV you should contact your healthcare provider or call First Choice Healthcare at 309-852-5272 so that you can discuss PrEP.

How soon should it be taken?

Within 72 hours of the possible exposure. 

Is PEP safe?

Yes, PEP can cause minor side effects like nausea. 

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