PrEP Information

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HIV

HIV: an immune virus found in semen, vaginal fluid, rectal fluids, blood and breast milk from an infected person.

High Risk Transmission: Condomless anal sex, vaginal sex (with infected person). Sharing needles with infected person, infected mother to baby transmission.

HIV damages immune fighting cells and eventually leads to AIDS.

What is PrEP -Truvada?

A “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis” intended to protect the user from becoming infected with HIV.

A once daily pill that protects immune fighting cells from the HIV virus.

A combination of two antiretroviral HIV medications.

PrEP takes 7 days to become effective for condomless anal sex, and 21 days for vaginal penetration.

To be used with condoms to safeguard your immune fighting cells.

92-100% effective protection HIV, especially with condom use.

2-4% of users may experience side affects such as nausea, dizziness, elevated creatnine and fatty liver.

More information: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html

Who Should Take PrEP?

Individuals who do not use condoms regularly and have had an STD in the last 6 months.

Anyone with a know positive HIV partner or HIV status unknown partner.

Anyone sharing needles.

Anyone who wants peace of mind of contracting HIV

How to Get PrEP?

Must be prescribed by a physician

Must be HIV negative and committed to staying HIV negative. HIV testing every 3 months.

Must have a blood draw to check kidney health.

How To Pay For PrEP?

PrEP is covered by most insurance companies including Montana Medicaid.

Gilead has a co-pay assistance program: http://services.gileadhiv.com/content/pdf/gilead_enrollment_form.pdf

Patients Assistance Network can also help subsidize the copay.

What is PEP -Post-exposure- Prophylaxis?

This is the same concept as PrEP but for people who may have been exposed to HIV.

PEP consists of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HART) instead of Truvada.

Uses can include any sexual contact (rape/assault victims), unknown HIV status or

sharing blood products or needle equipment.

PEP needs to be started within 72 hours of exposure; for 28 days.