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FIRST, EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT PrEP. READ THROUGH THESE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS AND GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT (OR GAY.)

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis.

PrEP's a little blue pill that you take every day if you’re HIV negative, in order to keep yourself from becoming HIV positive if you get exposed to the HIV virus during sex with an HIV positive partner.

The only pill that is FDA-approved for PrEP is a prescription medication called Truvada®. PrEP is actually a combination of two anti-viral medicines (Emtricitabine and Tenofovir) in a single pill. On this website, we just call it: “The PrEP pill.”

In clinical studies, daily PrEP use has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by approximately 92%.

Good question. So here's the straight answer: men who have sex with men (gay, bi, DL, trans etc.) are at very high risk of becoming HIV positive during their lifetime.

In the United States, men who have sex with men continue to be the group most affected by the HIV epidemic.

While anyone (straight, gay or bi), can get HIV from unprotected sex, unprotected anal sex is much more likely to result in HIV infection than unprotected vaginal sex. Bottoms are at the highest risk, but tops (especially uncut tops) are still at risk too.

At current infection rates, 1 out of every 6 Gay/Bi men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime; the risk is even greater in minority communities: 1 in 2 African American men who have sex with men and 1 in 4 Latino men who have sex with men, will become HIV positive IF we don't take steps to stop the spread of the HIV virus among us.

If you are at high risk for becoming HIV positive, it makes sense to do whatever you can to lower your risk.

Taking the daily PrEP pill is one big thing you can do to lower your risk of getting HIV; using condoms whenever you fuck is another.

If you're at high risk for HIV infection, taking the PrEP pill makes sense, because it's better to voluntarily take one daily pill now and stay HIV negative, than to become HIV positive and be required to take HIV medication for the rest of your life--and deal with the health consequences of long term HIV infection.

Although our HIV positive brothers who take their daily HIV medications to keep the virus under control (undetectable level), can keep themselves healthy and lead a normal life, it's still best for your overall health to stay HIV negative if you can---even if that means taking a PrEP pill every day to help to keep yourself from becoming infected with HIV virus.

If our HIV + brothers take their meds and keep their virus level undetectable, and those of us at high risk take the daily PrEP pill and use condoms as much as possible, together we can stop the HIV epidemic in its tracks.

Ok---to understand how the daily PrEP pill works to prevent HIV infection, you first have to know a little bit about how the HIV virus harms the human body after it gets inside.

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The HIV virus gets into the body by hitching a ride in cum, pre-cum or blood that is shared during unprotected sex with an HIV positive person. Once inside the body, the virus then travels through the bloodstream and invades the cells of a person's immune system.

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After the HIV virus gets up inside an immune cell—sometimes called CD4 or T-Cells---HIV hijacks the cell, and starts making thousands of copies of itself. These HIV copies then bust out of the immune cell and the cell eventually dies. After breaking out of the cell, all the new HIV viral copies travel throughout the body and invade even more immune cells, repeating the same destructive process over and over again. This process also causes the death of thousands of “innocent bystander” immune cells, that haven’t even been infected with HIV yet.

When enough immune system cells are killed off by the HIV virus, an HIV positive person's immune system can no longer protect them from infections, and they get Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. Without treatment, a person with AIDS will die from common infections that HIV negative people with healthy immune systems would easily fight off.

The good news is that we now have a combination of medications, that when taken together every day, keeps the HIV virus from multiplying and killing too many immune system cells. This in turn keeps the HIV positive person’s immune system working and stops them from progressing to AIDS . A person living with HIV has to keep taking their medications for the rest of their life in order to keep the HIV virus in check and stay healthy. If they stop their meds, the virus will start multiplying again and destroy their immune system. Before these medications were developed, almost everyone who became infected with HIV, eventually got AIDS and died.

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Ok, now here’s where the daily PrEP pill comes in. The daily PrEP pill works by keeping an HIV negative person from becoming HIV positive, if and when they are exposed to the HIV virus.

When someone is exposed to the HIV virus by contact with cum, pre-cum or blood during sex, it takes about 72 hours for the HIV virus to get up inside of the body’s immune system cells and establish a lifelong infection-- making them HIV positive.

For men, after seven days of taking the PrEP pill each and every day, there’s enough of the PrEP medicines inside your immune cells to immediately block the virus from making thousands of copies of itself and spreading all throughout your body destroying your immune system. As a result of the PrEP pill blocking the HIV virus’ ability to make copies of itself, your healthy immune system can knock out the invading HIV virus and you will stay HIV negative.

Remember, it’s very important to take the PrEP pill every day to make sure you always have enough medicine in your body to knock out the HIV virus if you come in contact with it during sex. PrEP won’t work if you don’t take it as prescribed.

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The PrEP pill is prescribed to be taken once every day---ideally around the same time every day so that you have a steady amount of medicine in your body at all times available to stop HIV infection.

If you don't take the medicine as prescribed, it's not going to give you the highest level of protection.

If you and your doctor decide PrEP is right for you, you should download a free pill reminder app for your phone to help you remember to take it every day. You can find a free pill reminder app on our PrEP TIME App page.

Keeping the pills on your night stand, so you see them first thing in the morning, or next to your tooth brush, can help you remember too. You definitely should get yourself a 7 day pill box like this one, so you can keep track of if you've taken your pill each day. You can get them at any drugstore.

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If you sometimes don't spend the night at home, you can take a PrEP pill with you in a keychain pill case like this, so you're always PrEPared and won't miss a dose!

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If you do forget to take your PrEP pill at your usual time, "take it as soon as you remember that day. Do not take more than 1 dose of TRUVADA in a day. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. Call your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure what to do." (Gilead).

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YES. When taken as prescribed (once daily), PrEP is estimated to reduce the risk of getting HIV by approximately 92% for high risk gay/bi men and trans women.

PrEP is less effective if it is not taken every day, although studies suggest that there is still a good level of protection even if you accidentally miss a dose every once in awhile.

However, if you want the highest level of protection, you should do your very best to take PrEP every single day.

Using PrEP with a condom, gives you the highest level of protection from HIV infection because, although it is rare, there are some people who are carrying a type of HIV which is resistant to the medicines in the PrEP pill. In that case, a condom is necessary to give you protection. Right now there are only two reported cases of guys getting a PrEP resistant strain of HIV while using PrEP correctly. Those 2 patients are doing well on HIV meds with undetectable viral loads.

Unfortunately, there haven't been enough studies in trans men yet to see how well it works for "front hole" sex, but it would work the same for anal sex. The reason it might be a little less effective in the front hole is that when you take T it can cause dryness and thinning up in the front hole, which makes small skin tears more likely, which makes it easier for any infection to get into the body--another reason to use plenty of lube!

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For (cis) men it takes about seven days of taking daily PrEP pills for the medicine to build up enough in your body to give the highest level of protection during anal sex. So you definitely would not want to have sex without a condom until after at least 7 days of taking daily PrEP pills.

Listen up trans men: for front hole sex, it takes at least twenty days of daily use for the front hole to be protected. Because taking T can cause the walls of the front hole to thin and become drier, you're more likely to get micro tears up in there that can put you at higher risk for all sexually transmitted infections. We're not sure yet if PrEP works as well in front hole sex for trans men as it does with anal sex, so risk reduction estimates don't apply to front hole sex,.

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PrEP is safe, and most people have no problem taking it. The combination of medicines in the PrEP pill, has been used as part of a treatment regimen for HIV + people since 2004-- so it's been around long enough to have been proven safe.

In some people PrEP can cause mild side effects, such as upset stomach, headaches, weight loss and tiredness. Those symptoms usually go away after just a few weeks. However, for some folks, it make take a couple months to fully adjust to the medication. If the PrEP pill makes you tired or a little nauseous , you may want to try taking it before bed, instead of in the morning. Rare side effects include kidney or bone problems. Some doctors recommend Vitamin D and Calcium supplements to protect against any bone problems.

Your PrEP provider will go over the possible side effects with you and will help you to monitor your health for medication side effects while you're on PrEP.

The following side effects are VERY rare, but you should still be aware of them. Gilead, the makers of the PrEP pill, list these two extremely rare side effects:

1) "Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats."

2) "Liver problems. Your liver may become large and tender, and you may develop fat in your liver. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or stomach-area pain."

Again, these two side effects are VERY rare. Mild nausea is common for the first month or so of treatment, however.

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NO! To protect against other STD's you still need to use condoms whenever you can.

Using PrEP along with condoms is the best way to protect against HIV; and using condoms is the ONLY way to protect against common STDs that can infect your penis, butt hole or throat like: Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.

Unfortunately, Syphilis is very common in our community right now. It can be cured with a single shot in most cases, but it's something you need to be aware of, and get tested for, because left untreated syphilis can have serious health consequences.

NO! Some day in the future there may be a pill that you can just take right before you have sex, but for now, to get the highest level of protection from HIV infection, the PrEP pill is prescribed to be taken every day.

You may have heard about some guys using the PrEP pill like a party drug, taking it just before and after having bareback sex.

Taking PrEP like this DOES NOT give you good protection against HIV infection.

NO. With proper medical supervision, you can safely start and stop taking PrEP at different points in your life depending on what your HIV risk is at the time.

For example, if you start a relationship where you and your boyfriend are both HIV negative and both of you are absolutely SURE neither of you are going to have sex with anyone else, you might decide to stop taking PrEP while you're in that relationship. If that relationship ends and you plan on getting out to start dating and hooking up again, you could then start PrEP again.

However, any time you start PrEP, it is important to remember that it takes at least seven days of daily use for PrEP to reach full effectiveness for anal sex. And, if you're planning on stopping PrEP, you need to keep taking it for 4 weeks after the last time you had unprotected sex.

Maybe some people will, but you can't let what some judgmental asshole thinks control how you live your life.

Haters gonna hate, that's life.

If you are at high risk for HIV infection, taking daily PrEP is a responsible move to make to protect yourself from HIV infection.

When unmarried females first were fighting for the right for to be able to get birth control pills, they were called sluts by a lot of conservative men. But now you wouldn't even think of calling a female a slut for taking daily birth control pills to keep from getting pregnant--you'd say she was being responsible! So, taking daily PrEP to prevent HIV infection doesn't make you a slut either.

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PrEP is only crazy expensive if you don't have health insurance or your insurance plan doesn't cover it. The good news is most insurance plans do cover it, as do many Medicaid type programs.

Check out our "Paying 4 PrEP" page to find out more about the resources available to pay for PrEP. Many people are able to get PrEP at low or no cost, using the available resources.

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It's possible, to get HIV while taking PrEP, but it's very unlikely. If you are using PrEP correctly (taking it every day), it is highly unlikely that you will become infected with HIV.

In scientific studies, people on PrEP only got HIV if they didn't actually take their PrEP pill as prescribed, OR if they had sex with someone with HIV before they had been taking PrEP for 7 days (anal sex) or 20 days (vaginal sex)-- OR if they were exposed to a type of HIV that is resistant to the medications in the PrEP pill--that last situation is VERY rare--only two case have been reported so far.

If you take PrEP every day your risk of getting HIV will be very low--and it will be almost zero if you combine daily PrEP with consistent condom use.

Even if you're taking daily PrEP, it's still a good idea to know your partner's HIV status, and if they are on HIV medication and have been "undetectable" for 6 months.

HIV positive people who have been undetectable for 6 months have a very low chance of passing HIV to their partners. If they're not "undetectable", you should ask if they have a resistant form of HIV. If they have a drug resistant form of HIV, you need to use a condom, even if you're taking PrEP

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So you're thinking "I'm on PrEP and that's supposed to keep me from getting HIV, so why the f*ck do I have to keep getting tested?"

Well, it's because you're human-- if you slip up and miss a bunch of days of taking PrEP and then have unprotected sex, you could still get HIV.

If you do become HIV + while you are on PrEP, it's very important to know that as soon as possible because the PrEP pill alone is not strong enough to control the HIV virus once someone becomes HIV positive. To fully treat an established HIV infection, your doctor will need to add another medicine to the PrEP pill or give a a different combo of medicines to keep your HIV in check and keep you healthy.

PEP, or POST exposure prophylaxis, is a combination of HIV medicines that you take for a month if you think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex (condom breaks or sex without a condom with an HIV+ person) or if you have been stuck by a needle from a syringe used by someone else who might have HIV.

You have to start PEP within 72 hours of exposure to HIV, or it won't work. The sooner you take it, the better. If you take PEP in time, usually HIV infection is prevented.

In contrast, PrEP is a single daily pill you take BEFORE you are exposed to HIV, to keep you from becoming HIV positive if you are exposed to the virus during sex.

TASP is short for Treatment As Prevention. This means that when an HIV person is taking all their medications as prescribed, and has been able to get their HIV viral loads to "undetectable" levels, they are at MUCH lower risk of transmitting HIV to their partners. In other words, their HIV treatment works to prevent the spread of the virus to others.

The goal is to get everyone who has HIV to "undetectable" levels whenever possible, both for the benefits to their own health and for the health of their partners. This is why getting tested and getting treated as early as possible for HIV infection is so important.

The earlier an HIV positive person gets their viral loads under control, the better their long term health--and the lower their viral load, the lower their risk of passing HIV to their partners.

Combining TASP and PrEP together would lower HIV rates dramatically and put an end to the epidemic.

FIND OUT IF PrEP IS RIGHT 4 U. TAKE THIS SHORT QUIZ TO SEE IF PrEP IS A GOOD FIT FOR YOU.

Take this short quiz to find out if taking the once a day PrEP pill might be a good choice for you to protect yourself from HIV infection. This quiz is for educational purposes only. You'll need to talk PrEP over with your health care provider to be sure if it's right for you.

*Your quiz answers are all anonymous and confidential. No one can see your answers but you and they are NOT stored on the website or anywhere else!

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CHECK YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE/GET HEALTH INSURANCE.

Before you can start taking the daily PrEP pill for HIV prevention, you're going to want to make sure you can cover all the costs.

Most insurance plans and many Medicaid plans do cover PrEP, but there still may be some out of pocket co-pays you could be responsible for. That means you're going to need to do a little research before you get started so you can find out for sure what is and isn't covered. Nobody wants surprise medical bills, so do your homework.

Some insurance companies will cover PrEP, no questions asked, but others may require a little more work on your part to get them to pay up.

In some cases your doctor may also have to submit paperwork to your insurance company for "prior authorization" (PA) before prescribing you PrEP. There are specific diagnosis codes doctors have to give insurance companies to get PrEP approved for you--if they don't know the right codes, you can help them find them here on PAGE 29.

The good news is that even if you have co-pays, there's free financial aid out there to help you out with those payments.

Gilead Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes the PrEP pill, offers co-pay financial assistance to those who qualify. If your insurance doesn't accept the Gilead co-pay card, you can still get reimbursed for your expenses through a mail in rebate program.

There are also several other non-profit health organizations that offer money to help out with costs for PrEP that insurance doesn’t cover.

With any of the available PrEP assistance programs, make sure you apply for them BEFORE you try and get your prescription filled.

The tool below is a good place to start to learn about available financial assistance to pay for PrEP.

*Your privacy is important to us. We DO NOT store or record any information that you enter in any of the online tools on this website. No one sees it but you!

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FIND A MEDICAL PROVIDER TO PRESCRIBE PrEP FOR YOU.

You can click on your state's name below to locate local PrEP providers and/or you can try the new PrEP Provider search provided by the good folks at Emory University. With any of these providers make sure you ask if they prescribe PrEP for HIV prevention before make your appointment.

If there are no providers listed in your area, that doesn't mean that there aren't any--we just don't have everyone listed yet.

You can also try entering your zip code into the "Find HIV Services" tool located under your State's name--the folks working at those HIV services clinics usually can point you to local PrEP providers.

Any medical doctor (and some nurse practitioners) can prescribe PrEP for you, but whenever possible, it's best to try and find a doctor with some experience prescribing PrEP.

If your own doctor hasn't had experience with prescribing PrEP, but is willing to do so, you should download the brochure below written for doctors that explains how to do it correctly. You doctor can find everything they need to know about PrEP on the CDC's website. Don't be afraid to help educate your doctor about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure and bring it to your health care provider.

There's also a free hotline doctors can call if they have questions about prescribing PrEP for their patients:

PrEPline at UCSF: 855-448-7737

You should write that helpline number down and give it to your doctor as well.

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association also maintains a list of LGBT physicians. You can look for one in your area by clicking HERE.

Finally, many Planned Parenthood clinics also will prescribe PrEP and provide limited sexual health services for men. You can find the closest Planned Parenthood health center here:

Planned Parenthood Health Centers

If you are a PrEP Provider who would like to be included in this directory, please email us at PrEPsquadDC@gmail.com.

Check out the new PrEP Provider directory, courtesy of the good folks at Emory University. Depending on your browser, you may need to click on the magnifying glass icon in the search box first to activate the locator, then enter your zip code or address.

Once you have located a PrEP Provider, vist our Paying 4 PrEP page to learn about some of the resources available to help you cover the costs of PrEP. You need to have a plan in place to pay for PrEP before you get your prescription.

Statewide

Alabama Public Health PrEP Provider Directory

Birmingham

Birmingham AIDS Outreach 205-322-4197

Magic City Wellness Center 205-877-8677

University of Alabama at Birmingham 1917 Clinic 205-996-4119

Hobson City Health Services Center 256-832-0100

Huntsville Thrive Alabama 256-536-4700

Montgomery Medical AIDS Outreach 334-280-3349

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services 907-269-8000. Ask for the HIV program.

Anchorage Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center 907-743-7200

Benjamin Westley MD LLC and Hope McGratty PA-C, MPH 907-561-4362

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

HIVAZ.org - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Little Rock Health for Life Clinic 501-603-0003 Dr. Joseph Beck 501-666-7007

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

California Department of Public Health PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

Please PrEP Me - California PrEP Provider Directory

Alameda County

Please PrEP Me - California PrEP Provider Directory

Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County Public Health - PrEP Provider Directory in English (PDF)

Contra Costa County Public Health - PrEP Provider Directory in Spanish (PDF)

Los Angeles County

LA County Department of Public Health - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

Get PrEP LA - PrEP Provider Directory

San Diego County

The Center San Diego - PrEP Provider Directory

San Francisco County

Please PrEP Me - California PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - PrEP Provider Directory (PDF)

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Connecticut Department of Public Health - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Washington DC

Do it Right DC - Local PrEP Resources

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Delaware HIV Consortium - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Miami How to Get PrEP Directory

Orlando Hope and Help Center & Two Spirit Health Services 407-478-9868

South Florida The Pride Center

West Palm Beach FoundCare, Inc. 561-472-2466

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Atlanta

AID Atlanta

1605 Peachtree Rd. NE

Atlanta, GA. 30309

(404) 870-7762

Limited appointments available for uninsured.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation-Lithonia

5700 Hillandale Dr.

Lithonia, GA 30058

(770) 593-6684

Absolute CARE

2140 Peachtree Rd. NW, Suite 232

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 231-4431

Dr. Melanie Thompson

619 Rankin St.

Atlanta, GA 30306

(404) 874-3102

*Please mention you are scheduling the appointment for PrEP when you call.

Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness

99 Jesse Hill Jr. Dr. SE

Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 613-4708

*No insurance necessary.

Intown Primary Care

730 Ponce De Leon Pl., Unit B

Atlanta, GA 30306

(404) 541-0944

Infectious Disease of Atlanta, LLC (AHF Affiliate)

735 Piedmont Ave. NE

Atlanta, GA 30308

(404)588-4680

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

State of Hawaii, Department of Health - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide Idaho Department of Health and Welfare - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

AIDS Foundation of Chicago - PrEP Provider Directory

Chicago PrEP4Love

872-215-1905

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Indianapolis

Indiana University Health LifeCare 317-962-2700

Damien Cares 317-423-0130

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Iowa Guys - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Kansas City

Family Health Care 913-722-3100

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

New Orleans

NO/AIDS Task Force PrEP Clinic 504-293-6842

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

PrEP Maryland - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Talk PrEP - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

State of Michigan - PrEP Provider Directory (PDF)

Washtenaw County Washtenaw County County Public Health - Sexual Health Services

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Minneapolis

HIM Program at the Red Door Clinic 612-348-9100

Positive Care Center at Hennepin County Medical Center [PDF] 612-873-9988

Pride Alive

St. Paul

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – Perinatal Program 651-220-6444

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Jackson

To find out about PrEP please call (601) 500-7660 ext 305

Open Arms Healthcare Center

500 E. Woodrow Wilson

Jackson, MS 39216

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Kansas City

Family Health Care - PrEP Care Clinic Truman Medical Center- Hospital Hill - Internal Medicine Clinic 816-404-4862

Truman Medical Center- Hospital Hill - Infectious Disease Clinic 816-404-1885

TMC clinic at Good Samaritan Project 816-960-4505

Springfield

AIDS Project of the Ozarks 417- 881-1900

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Billings

RiverStone Health 406-247-3350

Missoula

Partnership Health Center

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Las Vegas

Huntridge Family Clinic

Reno Northern Nevada HOPES (775) 786-4673

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

New Hampshire HIV Planning Council - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Atlantic City

AtlantiCare Infectious Disease Associates 609-441-2104

Newark

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation- Newark 862-240-1461

North Jersey Community Research Initiative 973-483-3444

Trenton

Henry J. Austin Health Center 609-278-5971

Voorhees Garden State Infectious Disease Associates 856-566-3190

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

New Mexico Department of Health - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

NY State Department of Health - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

Brooklyn

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center 718-636-4500

New York City

NY City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - PrEP Provider Directory

Westchester

Westchester County Health Department - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center - PrEP Provider Directory

Hillsborough and Chapel Hill

Orange County Health Department STD Clinic

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Ohio HIV/STD Hotline - PrEP Provider Directory 800-332-2437

Ohio PrEP - PrEP Provider Directory

Cleveland Case Western Reserve Cleveland AIDS Clinical Trials Unit - PrEP Provider Directory

Columbus

Columbus Public Health - PrEP Provider Directory

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Portland and surrounding area

Pivot - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center - PrEP Provider Directory (PDF)

Northern PA

Arnot Health

Philadelphia and surrounding area

Philadelphia Department of Public Health - PrEP Provider Directory (PDF)

Philadelphia Fight Community Health Centers

Strawberry Mansion Health Center

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Providence The Miriam Hospital

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Charleston Medical University of South Carolina 843-792-4541

The Wellness Center - Roper St Francis Healthcare 843-402-3093

Columbia

Grace Medical 803-933-0288

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below..

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Memphis

TN Department of Health - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Texas Department of State Health Services - PrEP Provider Directory (PDF)

Austin

Austin PrEP Access Project

Corpus Christi Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation 361-814-2001

Harlingen

Valley AIDS Council 956-428-2653

Houston & Beaumont

Legacy Community Health

McAllen

Valley AIDS Council 956-668-1155

San Antonio

CentroMed Santa Rosa Clinic 210-928-9600

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Salt Lake City Clinic 1A at the University of Utah 801-585-2031

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Planned Parenthood

Berlin

Central Vermont Medical Center, Infectious Disease 802-225-5400

Brattleboro

Comprehensive Care Clinic 802-257-8860

Burlington

Community Health Centers of Burlington 802-864-6309

Comprehensive Care Clinic 802-847-4594

St. Johnsbury Comprehensive Care Clinic 802-748-2578

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Virginia Department of Health - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Washington State PrEP Providers

Seattle and King County

King County Public Health - PrEP Provider Directory

Pierce County

Jo Bauer, ARNP and Shauna Applin ARNP

Community Health Care

Hilltop Regional Health Center

Parkland Family Medical Clinic

Tacoma, WA

253-441-4742

https://www.commhealth.org/medical/&lid=5

Snohomish County

Snohomish Health District - PrEP Provider Directory [PDF]

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Washington DC

Do it Right DC - Local PrEP Resources

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

Statewide

Wisconsin Department of Health Services - PrEP Provider Directory

Glendale

Greater Milwaukee Center for Health and Wellness Inc. 414-269-8282

You can also ask your current health care provider about PrEP.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

We don't have any listings in your area yet. You can ask your current health care provider about PrEP and/or check the HIV services finder below.

Download this PrEP Brochure from the CDC and bring to your health care provider when you ask about PrEP.

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GET YOUR PRE-TESTING DONE.

YOUR PRE-TEST WILL INCLUDE BLOOD TESTS TO CHECK YOUR HIV STATUS, HEPATITIS B STATUS, KIDNEY FUNCTION AND TESTS FOR OTHER STDS.

GET YOUR PrEP PILL PRESCRIPTION FILLED.

Check the prices at different pharmacies in your area. Even with insurance, the price may be different depending on which pharmacy you use. Some insurance plans have preferred pharmacies where medicines are cheaper than if you go to an "out of network" pharmacy, so pay close attention to that. Other plans will require that you use their mail order pharmacy service, where they will send your PrEP right to your home. Make sure you get your prescription set to "AUTO-REFILL", so you don't forget to refill it. You don't want to be caught without your PrEP pills

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TAKE PrEP PILL EVERY DAY.

It can sometimes be hard to remember to take a pill every day. There are numerous free pill reminder apps, like PrEP TIME you can download to your phone to remind you to take your pill. You can also set a watch alarm to remind yourself. It's a good idea to keep your pill bottle somewhere where you'll see it first thing in the morning, like on your bedside table or next to your tooth brush.

Remember, PrEP only works if you take it daily, so figure out how not to forget to take it!

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FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR PrEP PROVIDER EVERY 3 MONTHS FOR PRESCRIPTION REFILLS AND HIV AND OTHER STD TESTING.

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