What is PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or “PrEP” is a pill for people who are HIV negative that protects you from HIV.
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. For more information, read the CDC overview PrEP basics.
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); or
- Does not use condoms regularly when having sex with partners at known risk for HIV; or
- Is a man who has had sexwho has sex with other men without a condom or diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection within the past six months; 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. PrEP is covered by most insurance plans, including Medi-Cal. See the fact sheet on how to get PrEP depending on your insurance situation.
What is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)?
PEP is a one month course of treatment to prevent HIV. It must be taken as soon as possible after possible HIV exposure. It is effective in reducing the chance of becoming HIV positive, HOWEVER, it must be taken no more than 72 hours (3 days) after exposure. Most health insurance plans cover PEP and a prescription can be obtained from your doctor, an emergency room or Planned Parenthood (during business hours at 415-459-4907). If you are located 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 visit: www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/pep.html
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Meet our Bilingual HIV Prevention Navigator: Romario Conrado!
Romario is a recent UC Berkeley graduate who grew up in Novato. At Cal, he studied both political science (specializing in empirical theory and quantitative methods) and rhetoric (specializing in public discourse).
As a gay Latino with an immigrant father and a formerly incarcerated mother, he views equity within Marin as a vital cause, leading him to serve at the Spahr Center. He is the new Bilingual HIV Prevention Navigator. Before this, Romario focused on policy as a Senator at UC Berkeley and an intern in our local Congressman Jared Huffman’s Office. This is Romario’s first job and experience in public health so he is greatly looking forward to expanding his horizons.
In his free time, Romario enjoys reading political narratives, getting involved in campaigns, swimming, biking, going to the beach with friends and dancing the night away. Romario is currently reading Fire and Blood by the Game of Thrones Author George R. R. Martin.