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Is PrEP right for me?

The CDC suggests that PrEP is an excellent option for people who are: weigh at least 77 pounds (35kg), are currently HIV-negative, and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • In a sexual relationship with someone who is living with HIV, especially when they are not undetectable
  • In a sexual relationship with a partner or multiple partners, with an unknown HIV status
  • One or more incidences of anal or vaginal sex without a condom in the last 6 months
  • Diagnosis of gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis in the last 6 months
  • Inject drugs not prescribed by a medical provider or share works for drug preparation
  • Have a partner living with detectable HIV

PrEP will not be a good option for those who meet any of the following:

  • Are already living with HIV. Truvada┬« or Descovy for PrEP is not enough to treat HIV.
  • Who have symptoms of acute HIV infection or have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours (PEP may be a better option).
  • Diagnosed with Hepatitis B. Truvada┬« or Descovy can also be used as an option for Hepatitis B treatment, but a primary care provider will need to evaluate you for proper care.
  • Diagnosed with uncontrollable diabetes or impaired kidney function.
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