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Is PrEP right for me?

Only a medical provider can answer that question. Generally, PrEP is for anyone that has an increased risk of getting HIV. This can include people in relationships with someone living with HIV, people who don't always use condoms or people who share needles. Studies show that it can be a good fit for people Read More

Do I have to take PrEP forever?

No. With guidance from a health care provider, people can start or stop taking PrEP at different times in their lives. But they need to remember that it needs to be taken every day for 7-22 days before it will work. And they should talk to a doctor before starting or stopping PrEP. Read More

Will PrEP affect my hormone treatment?

More research is needed, but PrEP appears to work for people who are taking gender-affirming hormones. Read More

Will PrEP protect me from other STIs or pregnancy?

PrEP does not protect against other STIs or unwanted pregnancy, but you can use it with other prevention methods like condoms. Read More

Does PrEP have side effects?

PrEP is safe and well-tolerated by most people. It has been used since 2004 to help people who are already living with HIV. However, it can cause mild side effects, including stomach aches, headaches, and weight loss. In a small number of people, it may cause kidney or bone problems. If you think you Read More

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