PrEP and PEP: HIV Prevention Options when exposed to HIV
PrEP is short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV take a daily medication to reduce their risk of becoming infected with HIV. When used consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection among adult men and women at very high risk for HIV infection through sex or injecting drug use.
For some individuals at high risk for HIV infection, PrEP and PEP may represent a much-needed additional prevention method, but it will not be right for everyone and is not intended to be used in isolation, but rather in combination with other methods to reduce the risk of getting HIV infection. If it is delivered effectively and targeted to those at highest risk, PrEP and PEP may play a role in helping to reduce the significant continuing toll of new HIV infections in the United States.
Useful PreP Links:
To the left are videos about PrEP. For more information on PrEP, visit http://www.projectinform.org/prep/
- Is taking PrEP the right choice for you? This document was written for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men — as well as transgender
women — who want to learn about PrEP. Courtesy of www.projectinform.org
- Get Help Paying for TRUVADA for PrEP: If you’re concerned about how you will pay for your medicine, start by talking to your healthcare provider and read over this page.
- PreP Data Study : PDF reviewing findings of PreP Studies courtesy of Project Inform
PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)
PEP is a month-long course of drugs that, if taken within 72 hours of the HIV virus entering the body, can prevent a person becoming infected with HIV. The PEP drugs are the same drugs that people who have the HIV virus use to reduce its impact on the body.
Contact the STD Clinic at Denver Public Health (303.602.3540) or your healthcare provider for more info on PEP. HeyDenver does not distribute PEP.
Undetectable HIV Viral Load
Fact Street: Undetectable Viral Load
Article: Ask a Pharmacist: The Journey to “Undetectable” "Understand how undetectable viral load is reached, and for tried-and-true strategies and tips for keeping the virus in check."
Q and A about being Undetectable: If I’m undetectable, do I still need to use condoms? How can I tell if someone is undetectable? If the virus is undetectable in my blood, is it undetectable in my semen? Is it possible to become undetectable if I am not on HIV meds?