IS PrEP SAFE AND EFFECTIVE?
PrEP should be taken every day to be effective. Several studies show that people who took PrEP consistently had up to a 92% lower risk of getting HIV infection than those who did not take PrEP.
SHOULD I TAKE PrEP?
PrEP is not for everyone. Potential candidates include anyone who:
Is in an ongoing relationship with an HIV-positive partner (in a “mixed-status” relationship); and/or
Does not use condoms regularly when having sex with partners at known risk for HIV; and/or
Is a gay or bisexual man who has had sex without a condom or diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection within the past six months; and/or
Has injected illegal drugs and shared needles within the past six months
HOW CAN I GET PrEP?
Your doctor can prescribe PrEP; here is some information on how to talk to your doctor about PrEP
NEED HELP FIGURING IT OUT?
Talk to someone about it; PrEP navigation services are available at:
The Spahr Center – 910 Irwin Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
What is PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or “PrEP” is a pill for people who are HIV negative that protects you from HIV.
For more information read the CDC overview PrEP basics for more information.
PrEP is covered by most insurance plans, including Medi-Cal. See the fact sheet on how to get PrEP depending on your insurance situation
MARIN PrEP PROVIDERS:
Planned Parenthood, San Rafael
One Medical Group
Marin County Health and Human Services Health Clinics
POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PEP)
PEP is a one month course of treatment to prevent HIV. It must be taken as soon as possible after you may have been exposed to HIV. It is effective in reducing the chance of becoming HIV positive, HOWEVER, it must be taken no more than 72 hours (3 days) after expose. Most health insurance covers PEP and a prescription can be obtained from your doctor, an emergency room or Planned Parenthood during business hours at 415-459-4907. In San Francisco, call The City Clinic’s PEPline at 415-487-5538.
For more information including how you can obtain the treatment if you are uninsured click: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/pep.html
PrEP FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS