Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
PrEP is a way for people who do not have HIV to prevent getting it by taking a daily pill. Along with other prevention methods like condoms, PrEP can offer good protection against HIV if taken every day.
At The DOCK we offer PrEP Talk – a free one-on-one appointment to talk with a PrEP Navigator about this medication to prevent HIV. This service is open to the public, for anyone who’d like to talk in depth about PrEP, get their questions answered, and get the facts.
PrEP is a medication that must be prescribed by a doctor. Prior to speaking to a medical provider, a PrEP Talk can answer your basic questions and provide the knowledge you need to decide your next step.
Take advantage of this free service by booking an appointment today.
Call 760-323-1999 to schedule an appointment with a PrEP Navigator. Please note, this is not a medical appointment.
The CDC recommends PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and at ongoing substantial risk for HIV infection. This includes anyone who:
- Is in an ongoing relationship with an HIV-infected partner;
- Is not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative; and is a
- gay or bisexual man who has had sex without a condom or been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection within the past six months;
- heterosexual man or woman who does not regularly use condoms when having sex with partners known to be at risk for HIV (e.g., injecting drug users or bisexual male partners of unknown HIV status); or
- Has, within the past six months, injected illicit drugs and shared equipment or been in a treatment program for injection drug use.
To confirm if PrEP is right for you, set an appointment with a provider at The DOCK who can prescribe PrEP medication. Your provider will also coordinate repeat HIV tests, prescription refills, and other needed follow-up.
Learn more at www.pleaseprepme.org
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
The DOCK offers education and referral for treatment for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP –a preventive medical treatment started immediately after exposure to HIV to prevent infection.
PEP is used for anyone who may have been exposed to HIV during a single high-risk event of potential HIV exposure—such as sex without a condom, needle-sharing injection drug use, or sexual assault.
To be effective, PEP must begin within 72 hours of exposure, before the virus has time to make too many copies of itself in your body.
PEP consists of 2-3 antiretroviral medications and should be taken for 28 days. Your provider will determine what treatment is right for you based on how you were exposed to HIV.