PrEP (HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)
The Future of HIV Prevention
What is PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that can reduce your risk of getting HIV. If you take PrEP as directed, it can reduce the chance that HIV will be able to infect your body. A once-daily pill is available for patients seeking PrEP.
Anchor Health Initiative provides access to PrEP to reduce your chance of acquiring HIV. Preventing HIV is part of the full spectrum of primary care services we provide. PrEP is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans.
Frequently Asked Questions
PrEP can be taken by an HIV-negative person (in consultation with their healthcare provider) who wants to reduce their chance of acquiring HIV. PrEP is available through prescription only.
AHI offers PrEP to patients in our primary care clinics. Staff are available to help patients make an appointment to see a healthcare provider for PrEP. AHI also helps patients access assistance programs that may pay for the medication in part or in full.
Side effects may include upset stomach, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Patients who experience these side effects often experience them for only a short time while the body adjusts to the medication.
More serious side effects are extremely rare, and may include liver toxicity, renal impairment, and lactic acidosis. Discuss serious side effects with your provider before starting PrEP.
PrEP is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Co-pay assistance is available, and many patients with insurance pay nothing out of pocket. If you need help or do not have insurance, ask about patient assistance programs which may pay for the prescription.
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