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PrEP helps prevent HIV with one daily pill.
CONFIDENTIAL PATH TO PREVENTION
The PATH (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Access to Treatment at Home) program is Coastal Family Health Center's new approach to prescribing PrEP once-daily pill that is effective in preventing HIV. The PATH Program connects you to one of Coastal Family Health Center's providers without having to come into the clinic! And don't worry about insurance, most patients pay nothing out of pocket for PrEP Let's see if this is the right PATH for you!
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WHAT IS PrEP?
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PrEP?
There are two medications approved for use as PrEP: Truvada® and Descovy®.
- Truvada® is for all people at risk through sex or injection drug use.
- Descovy® is for people at risk through sex, except for people assigned female at birth who are at risk of getting HIV from vaginal sex.
IS PrEP SAFE?
PrEP is safe but some people experience side effects like diarrhea, nausea, headache, fatigue, and stomach pain. These side effects usually go away over time.
- Tell your health care provider about any side effects that are severe or do not go away.
- Learn more about side effects from the Truvada® and Descovy®.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS PrEP?PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV.
- PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken as prescribed.
- Although there is less information about how effective PrEP is among people who inject drugs, we do know that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken as prescribed.
- PrEP is much less effective when it is not taken as prescribed.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO TAKE PrEP BEFORE IT IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE?
- PrEP reaches maximum protection from HIV for receptive anal sex (bottoming) at about 7 days of daily use.
- For receptive vaginal sex and injection drug use, PrEP reaches maximum protection at about 21 days of daily use.
- No data are available for insertive anal sex (topping) or insertive vaginal sex.
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