PrEP Medication that prevents HIV infection
If you are at high risk for contracting HIV, there is a pill that you can take daily that can reduce the chance of HIV infection by more than 90 percent. This pill requires a prescription from a doctor and must be taken every day in order to be effective in preventing you from contracting HIV.
Those that are already positive for HIV should not take this pill daily and it is important that you be monitored with reular blood tests while on this medication.
If you belong to any of the following groups you should be evaluated to determine if this medication is right for you.
- Anyone who is in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-infected partner.
- A gay or bisexual man who has had sex without a condom or has been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection within the past six months, and is not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative.
- A heterosexual man or woman who does not always use condoms when having sex with partners known to be at risk for HIV (for example, injecting drug users or bisexual male partners of unknown HIV status), and is not in a mutually-monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative.
- Anyone who has, within the past six months, injected illicit drugs and shared equipment or been in a treatment program for injection drug use.