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PrEP

What is PrEP?

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a pill you take once a day to prevent HIV infection. PrEP does not prevent against other STDs like syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia but is highly effective in preventing HIV.

PrEP is a great option for people who are at increased risk for HIV infection, including:

-Gay and Bisexual Men
-Transgender people who have sex with men
-People who inject drugs
-HIV-negative people who are in a sexual relationship with someone who is HIV-positive

How Do I Get PrEP?

PrEP needs to be prescribed by a medical provider. Talking to your health care provider about PrEP is a good place to start. Before prescribing PrEP, your medical provider will probably:

-take a sexual history
-test you for HIV and other STDs
-test your liver and kidney function

While taking PrEP your medical provider will want to check in with you every few months to test you again for HIV and other STDs. In order for PrEP to be most effective it needs to be taken as prescribed by your provider.

I Don't Have A Medical Provider, Now What?

If you don’t have a medical provider or your current provider won’t prescribe PrEP for you or you have concerns about paying for PrEP, feel free to contact our PrEP Navigator:

Jean-Denis Couillard

Email jeandeniscouillard@bamsi.org
Call (508) 580- 0219
Text (774) 539-2138

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