What Is PrEP/PEP?
What is PrEP?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.
Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.
Greater Than AIDS Videos
Alabama Agencies Providing PrEP
- Clinical Care Options
- Clinical Consultation Center
- Risk Assessment
- Prescribing PrEP
- Medication Assistance
- Additional Resources (CDC)
General Public Resources
- HIV PrEP Services Locator (AIDSVU.org)
- Truvada Medication Information Sheet (CDC)
- Paying for Truvada - Truvada and Gilead
- How do I speak to a health care provider about PrEP? CDC and Truvada
- HIV Testing Laws - Alabama (Pages 170-171) and Nationwide
- Provider Locator
- HIV Risk Reduction Tool
- Game Changer Project devotes its energy and resources to the Greater-Birmingham area to help prevent the spread of HIV and to help people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives.
What is PEP?
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.
PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. If you think you've recently been exposed to HIV during sex or through sharing needles and works to prepare drugs, or if you've been sexually assaulted, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.
- National PEP Hotline
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. EST
Seven days a week
- New York State Center of Excellence for PEP Guidelines
Page last updated: February 1, 2018