Getting Started on PrEP

Congratulations on making the decision to start PrEP!

PrEP is an excellent option for those who are currently not living with HIV and are looking to remain HIV-negative. Starting any new medication can be intimidating, but we are here to make this process as easy and comfortable as possible.

PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is a once-daily pill that is up to 99% effective at preventing HIV, and even more effective when used with condoms and other prevention methods.

  • Request PrEP
  • Completing the lab work
  • Why these tests are important:

Request PREP

You first start your PrEP journey by placing a request either on our app or our website.

It’s quick, easy and straightforward – we ask basic health questions to ensure you’re safely prescribed PrEP.

Completing the lab work

Before you can start PrEP, you will need to complete lab work. We know getting labs done isn’t the most enjoyable process, but it’s important to know your status and will help keep you and your partner(s) healthy

If you decide to get tested at a public health department, local clinic, or with a nonprofit group, all test results will need to be faxed to us directly from that health office within 5 business days.

What you will be tested for :

  • • HIV
  • • Kidney Function
  • • Hepatitis B
  • • STI – Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis (optional, but we highly recommend this.)
  • • Pregnancy (if applicable)

Why these tests are important:

HIV : You must have a negative HIV test in order to begin PrEP as that is what the medication is preventing. If you test positive for HIV, Truvada alone will not be helpful for you.

Kidney Function (Creatinine) : Like many other medications, Truvada for PrEP can put an additional strain on a patient’s kidneys In very rare cases, Truvada for PrEP has caused kidney damage that requires patients to stop taking PrEP. Thankfully, this damage can heal once someone stops taking PrEP

Hepatitis B : Truvada is active against the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Truvada for PrEP is still an option for people living with HBV, but some more medical oversight may be necessary to avoid negative interactions.

STI tests : The risks you have for HIV are often the same for many STIs. Regular testing for curable infections like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis ensure you get treated early and don’t have to worry about long-term side effects. Plus, it keeps your partner(s) healthy.

Pregnancy : For people who are at risk for pregnancy,

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