Printer Deliveries Explained
What is PrEP?
Prep is a prescription medication that works to prevent the transmission of HIV through sexual activity in conjunction with condoms and dental dams. There are two medications approved for PrEp: Truvada and descovy. Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir) was first approved in 2012 and can be used by men and women. In 2019, descovy (emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide) was approved for use by men only; It is not safe for you to take descovy if you were born with a vagina.
Who should use PrEP?
Prep is for anyone who wants or needs added protection from HIV or engages in high risk sexual behavior which include the following:
• People who choose not to wear condoms with each partner, every time
• Have multiple sexual partners
• Have a partner with an unknown status
• Men who have sex with men
• Have a HIV positive partner
• You and your partner use IV drugs, or if you participate in sexual activities under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Prep is also indicated for pregnant women who may be worried about contracting HIV during pregnancy or after pregnancy while breastfeeding. Schedule an appointment today to discuss with your nurse practitioner if PREP is right for you.
PrEP is covered by most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. If you do not have insurance or need assistance with out-of pocket costs, there are financial programs available that can assist you. For example, the Gilead's Advanced Access program sponsored by Gilead who manufactures the medication and can be contacted at (800) 226-2056 to inquire about eligibility, which is based on income.
How quickly does PrEP work?
Research suggest you have maximum protection for anal receptive intercourse after 7 days of daily use. For women and IV drug users, maximum benefit is seen after 20 days of daily use.
How much does PrEP cost?
PrEp is covered by most insurance plans; It should be covered by Medicaid and Medicare as well. If you do not have insurance or need assistance with out-of pocket costs, there are financial programs available that can assist you. One program is the Gilead's advanced access program who manufactures the medication. You can contact them at (800) 226-2056. to see if you are eligible for their program. Eligibility is based on your income.
Does PrEP take the place of a condom?
No! PrEP will help protect you from HIV, it will not protect you from other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea. If you choose to not use condoms or other forms of protection for STI’s, it is a good idea for you and your partner to get tested together to ensure you are having safe sex and can enjoy those moments better. You also have the option of you both testing at home together by getting a home kit shipped to your house. Otherwise, there is always the option of going to the lab together, or separate.