PrEP and PEP
PrEP is short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is a HIV prevention method in which people who have a negative HIV status 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 by 92%.
For some individuals, PrEP and PEP are a much-needed additional prevention method, but they are not be right for everyone and are not intended to be used in isolation. Rather, PrEP and PEP are intended to be used in combination with other methods to reduce the risk of HIV infection. If it is delivered effectively, 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.prepfacts.org
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.
PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)
PEP is a month-long course of drugs that, if taken within 72 hours of a HIV exposure, can prevent a person becoming infected with HIV.
This is a time sensitive treatment. If you feel like you need PEP, contact the STD Clinic at Denver Public Health (303.602.3540), your healthcare provider or an emergency room as soon as possible. HeyDenver does not distribute PEP but we can give you more information on it!
Undetectable HIV Viral Load
Fact Sheet: 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?