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PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it refers to the use of medications to prevent the acquisition of HIV. The PrEP HIV pill is a daily pill that can be taken by individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection in order to reduce their risk of acquiring the virus. This includes the following groups:
- Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Black, Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native men are particularly at-risk
- Black women
- Transgender women
- Youth aged 13–24 years
- People who inject drugs
PrEP is also recommended for individuals who are in a sexual relationship with someone who is HIV positive and for those who have multiple sexual partners.
PrEP is an effective tool in the prevention of HIV, and it has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV transmission by up to 99% when taken consistently—every day. The medication works by blocking the HIV virus from entering and establishing itself in the body.
It is important to note that PrEP is not a replacement for other forms of HIV prevention, such as condom use. It is recommended that individuals who are taking PrEP also use condoms in order to reduce the risk of HIV transmission and to protect against other sexually transmitted infections.
PrEP is a prescription medication and it is available through healthcare providers. It is covered by most insurance plans, and there are programs available to help individuals who do not have insurance coverage or who cannot afford the medication. There are currently two HIV medicines that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as PrEP: Truvada and Descovy.
Nausea is one of the main side effects of PrEP, but is generally not serious and goes away over time. Once you start taking PrEP, you will need to take an HIV test every 3 months, so you will continue to have follow-up visits with your healthcare provider.
At Community Care Resources of Florida (CCRSFL), we are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to those in our community by providing excellent medical services, therapy, and outreach to individuals affected by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV, hepatitis C, and/or substance abuse. We strive to deliver healthcare with compassion and affordability to all.
Since our foundation, our goal has been to serve our Altamonte Springs, Hallandale Beach, and Winter Haven communities by providing access to care and resources that help our patients become healthier through safer practices with their partners. We have qualified technicians available to serve you. If you’re interested in our services, you can book an appointment on our website or call us at 1(877) 287-2520!
Contact any of our offices if you need testing and treatment.
106 Boston Avenue Suite 204
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
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Winter Haven, FL 33884
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Hallandale Beach, FL 33009