FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does it Work?
When taken as prescribed, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%.
Could I get on PrEP without insurance?
Yes! There are programs available to get you PrEP if you don’t have insurance. PREVENTION 305 will take care of that.
Wait... I have insurance. Does that means I have to pay deductible?
Most insurances cover PrEP, and there are copay assistance programs available to cover the cost of your deductible. We’ll help you with your copay!
What about side effects? Liver function?
Most people don’t experience any side effects from PrEP. For some, the most common side effects are headache, nausea, or upset stomach, which usually go away quickly. Some people have asked about liver problems and changes in body fat. Liver problems and changes in body fat haven’t been seen in people taking PrEP. If you have more questions about this, please remember to talk to your doctor about it during your consultation.
Is it safe?
Yes. Both the medications that can be used for PrEP have been used for several years. The most serious side effects that have been reported are a slight reduction in bone density (less than 1%) and a slight decrease In kidney function. For PrEP, you will get blood tests for kidney function. Those who have had kidney function issues generally can still take PrEP, thanks to new options in PrEP.
So, what about condoms?
PrEP only protects against HIV and condoms are still useful to protect against other STI’s like chlamydia, gonorrhe
Do I have to be on PrEP forever?
No…you don’t need to take PrEP forever. If you think your risk of getting HIV has changed, talk to your doctor to determine what’s right for you. Remember, PrEP doesn’t have to be forever, but HIV is.