PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medications to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. PrEP is approved by the FDA and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing HIV infection.
Post Exposure Prophylaxis
Pre-exposure prophylaxis is used PRIOR to exposure to a situation where you may encounter HIV:
Post exposure prophylaxis is taken AFTER an encounter which may have increased your chances of contracting HIV:
How beneficial is it?
PrEP when taken on a daily basis is a preventative measure for HIV. It is 90% effective when taken daily as prescribed. It takes seven days for the medication to become at a therapeutic level of effectiveness
PEP can help decrease the risk of transmission when taken within 72 hours of possible exposure however is less effective than PrEP
Most effective choice
Only used in emergency circumstances
Prescribed by a health care professional. Call 352-401-7552 for an appointment
Prescribed by a health care professional or emergency department. Call 352-401-7552 and ask for urgent appointment due to possible HIV exposure