What is PrEP?
PrEP, also known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a once a day pill (Truvada) that you can take to protect yourself from HIV. Though PrEP doesn’t offer protection from other STDs like condoms do, it’s safe and reduces the risk of HIV infection by up to 99% when used daily.
Is PrEP right for me?
PrEP is for people who are HIV-negative, and are at risk of being exposed to HIV through sex or drug injection, and are ready to take a daily pill.
What do I need to do to get started on PrEP?
You'll need a simple blood test before starting PrEP to ensure that you are HIV negative. This blood test will also measure your kidney and liver function.
NOTE: Be sure to inform your provider about any current medications that you are taking (e.g. vitamin supplements, work out supplements, herbs, etc.), for supplements such as Creatine can alter the blood test that measures your kidney function.
How often do I need to take PrEP for it to be effective?
PrEP is highly effective if taken every day, less effective if pills are not taken daily. PrEP only works if you take it!
NOTE: When starting PrEP, it is estimated that 7 days of daily dosing is needed to achieve protective concentrations for receptive anal sex.
What are the side effects of PrEP?
Some people in clinical studies of PrEP had early side effects such as nausea, loss of appetite, upset stomach or mild headaches, but these were mild and usually went away in the first month. No serious side effects have been observed.
Has PrEP (Truvada) been studied enough?
There have been numerous studies on PrEP, most recently with nearly 1,000 people receiving Truvada for HIV prevention at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. There were no new infections and side effects were rare.
Truvada has been around for over a decade, originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for HIV Infection in August of 2004, and later in July 2012 for HIV prevention.
How much is PrEP cost?
We can help you get PrEP for free in most cases. PrEP is covered by most health insurance plans, and there are co-pay coupons available from Gilead, the drug maker, to eliminate any out of pocket costs. There is also Gilead Advancing Access for those without health insurance or who don’t qualify for Medicaid programs. There are even programs that cover the cost of PrEP for undocumented individuals living in the country. We help navigate you through this process and can do most of the paperwork on your behalf.
NOTE: At this time we are unable to help those outside the United States or those insured by Kaiser Permanente.
What is 7ZERO1 mean?
The name originates from the 701 imprinted on each pill of Truvada, and ZERO is spelled out to emphasize that taking PrEP daily can help the community achieve ZERO new HIV infections.