Learn About HIV Prevention PrEP

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The Family Planning Center of Ocean County is able to assist individuals with an HIV Prevention Option called Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. Our practitioners have been trained to prescribe the medication. This medication can be prescribed for people at high risk for HIV. Taken daily PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold. If you are not insured, or insured with a copay, the Family Planning Center of Ocean County can link you to a PrEP Counselor to enroll you in the Gilead Advancing Access or Payment Assistance Program that may be able to help you pay for your medication.

Who Should Take PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is for people without HIV who are at very high risk for getting it from sex or injection drug use. The federal guidelines recommend that PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and if they fit into one or more of these categories:

  • In an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner.
  • If you are “not” in a mutually monogamous (Monogamous means you and your partner only have sex with each other and do not have sex outside the relationship).
  • Gay or bisexual man who has had anal sex without using a condom or been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months
  • Heterosexual man or woman who does not regularly use condoms during sex with partners of unknown HIV status who are at substantial risk of HIV infection (for example, people who inject drugs or women who have bisexual male partners).
  • inject drugs and have shared needles or works
  • If you have a partner who is HIV-positive and are considering getting pregnant (PrEP may be an option to help protect you and your baby from getting HIV infection while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding).

Because PrEP involves daily medication and regular visits to a health care provider, it may not be right for everyone. And PrEP may cause side effects like nausea in some people, but these generally subside over time. These side effects aren’t life threatening. Learn more about how to protect yourself and get information tailored to meet your needs from CDC’s HIV Risk Reduction Tool (BETA). https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html

 

Come to the Family Planning Center of Ocean County to discuss whether PrEP is for you.