conversations, we can offer support and keep our communities healthy.
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What is PrEP?
Protecting yourself from HIV is easy and can help you feel empowered and in control of your sexual health. By using just one pill called PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), people who do not have HIV can protect themselves from getting HIV. PrEP has been available in the U.S. since 2012 and is safe and works well. People of any gender or sexual orientation can use PrEP. In New York, anyone age 13 and over can take PrEP.
Many patients pay nothing out of pocket. PrEP is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans. If you need help or do not have insurance, ask us about programs to help you get PrEP at no cost.
If taken the right way, PrEP can lower the risk of getting HIV by over 90%. You can relax and enjoy sex with your partner(s) without the fear of HIV.
- For vaginal sex, PrEP must be taken once-a-day, every day to offer protection. PrEP begins working for vaginal sex after 20 days.
- For anal sex, PrEP can be taken daily or on demand
To decide which method is best for you, ask your doctor.
Many patients still have questions about PrEP. Some people feel they need more information before deciding whether or not to use PrEP. At CHN, we are here to help and answer your questions.
CHN staff can help you:
- Decide if PrEP is right for you
- Sign up for insurance or another program to help pay
- Set up your visits
- Find ways to remember to take your medicine
To get PrEP you need to:
- Use health insurance or another program to pay for
the medicine and medical care.
- Get tested every 3 months for HIV, STIs (infections you can get from sex), and other blood tests.
- Take the medicine the way your doctor tells you to.
#Prep4PrideNYC is a community movement celebrating acceptance and being comfortable in your own skin to promote a conversation around sexual health.
Sex should be enjoyed and freely discussed without feelings of shame or awkwardness. With open conversations, we can begin to provide support and keep our communities healthy.