ARVs (Antiretrovirals) help you stay healthy and undetectable, protecting the people you care about the most.

Prevention & Awareness:
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is medication taken by HIV-negative people to prevent them from getting HIV. When taken as prescribed, PrEP significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection in sexually active people (99% less risk) and in people who use drugs (74% less risk). PrEP is effective in preventing HIV even if you don’t use condoms, however, PrEP will not protect against other STIs and pregnancy. Using condoms together with PrEP will provide additional protection against STIs and pregnancy.

PrEP is only 1 tablet a day, which can be taken anytime of the day (preferably around the same time every day). It can be taken with or without food.


PrEP can be used by HIV negative people who are at High Risk of getting HIV.

This includes people who:

  • Have a sexual partner who is HIV positive.

  • Have sex without using condoms.

  • Inject drugs by sharing needles or syringes.

  • Any other person who considers themselves to be at risk, e.g., Sex with more than one partner or with a partner whose HIV status is unknown.

Can I stop PrEP?

Yes, PrEP can be stopped if you:

  • Test HIV-positive

  • Have side effects

  • No longer need or want PrEP

For more information about PrEP, please ask your nurse or Doctor.

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