Deciding to Take PrEP

Deciding to Take PrEP
Is PrEP right for me?

Learn about your HIV risk and how to lower it.

PrEP may be right for you if you test negative for HIV, and any of the following apply to you:

 

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You have had anal or vaginal sex in the past 6 months and you

  • have a sexual partner with HIV (especially if the partner has an unknown or detectable viral load),
  • have not consistently used a condom, or
  • have been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months.

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You inject drugs and you

  • have an injection partner with HIV, or
  • share needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs (for example, cookers).

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You have been prescribed PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) and you

  • report continued risk behavior, or
  • have used multiple courses of PEP.

If you are a woman and have a partner with HIV and are considering getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about PrEP if you’re not already taking it. PrEP may be an option to help protect you and your baby from getting HIV while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.

Can adolescents take PrEP?

Yes. PrEP is approved for use by adolescents without HIV who weigh at least 75 pounds (35 kg) and who are at risk for getting HIV from sex or injection drug use.