Until now, condom use during sex has been the only safe option available to protect you from HIV/STD/HepC infection; however, relying on condoms alone doesn’t always work. Getting caught in the moment, having a partner who can’t or won’t wear condoms or just not knowing your partner’s health risks are just a few reasons condoms alone present a challenge.
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a preventive option. PrEP allows you control over your sexual health and well-being. It offers you another way for you to protect yourself from HIV. PrEP is for people who are HIV-negative, have a high risk of being exposed to HIV through sex or drug injection. Studies have shown that PrEP works for heterosexual women and men, sexually-active gay and bisexual men, and injection drug users, and is also likely to benefit transgender women. PrEP can help protect anyone whose partner has HIV, or anyone who doesn’t know their partner’s HIV status. PrEP reduces the risk of HIV with one pill a day.