Does PrEP Work
Yes. PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is effective for people at very high risk for HIV. PrEP is taken daily to lower the chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.
How Much does PrEP cost
For most people, PrEP is inexpensive or even free. The amount you pay for PrEP will depend on whether you have health insurance and the specifics of your insurance plan. Even if you don’t have health insurance, there are opportunities through Medicaid, Gilead (which makes PrEP), and other agencies to get you PrEP at a reduced cost or no cost at all. We have staff who can help you figure out how to get started with PrEP in the most affordable way.
Can PrEP Replace Condoms
No, PrEP is an additional level of protection against HIV. The FDA recommends that you use PrEP with condoms to maximize your protection against HIV and other STIs. However, PrEP can help lower your risk of contracting HIV even in situations where you don’t use a condom. PrEP , However, does not protect you against other STIs, such as syphilis and Hepatitis C.
Is PrEP Safe
PrEP can cause side effects like nausea in some people, but these generally subside over time. No serious side effects have been observed, and these side effects aren’t life threatening. If you are taking PrEP, tell your health care provider about any side effects that are severe or do not go away.
Are There Any Side Effects
Most people who take PrEP do not experience any side effects. Studies have found that the most common side effects are headache, gastrointestinal problems — including abdominal pain and nausea — and weight loss. They tend to fade after a month and are mostly minor. Rarely, more serious side effects have been reported, including a small decrease (1%) in bone density, as well as renal failure and kidney problems. All of these potential side effects should be monitored regularly by your doctor while you are using PrEP, and the side effects have been shown to stop once PrEP is discontinued. Talk with your doctor about potential side effects and how to minimize them.
Where Can I Get Tested
Right here, in Yonkers at the Hope Center. It only requires a blood or oral fluid sample. If you take a rapid HIV test you may be able to wait for the results. If you take an anonymous test, no one but you will know the result. If you take a confidential test, your test result will be part of your medical record, but it is still protected by state and federal privacy laws. A counselor at the Hope Center will discuss your options with you.
Can I take PrEP with Other Medicine
It is important to discuss your current medications with the doctor at your appointment.
Where Can I Learn More
Is The HOPE Center LGBTQ friendly
The doctors and healthcare providers of The HOPE Center welcome and provide the same excellent care to all patients. The HOPE Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.