#ShesWell: PrEP for Women

#ShesWell: PrEP for Women

Talk to your partners and friends about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). PrEP is medicine that people take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use.

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. And remember, PrEP protects you against HIV but not against other STDs.

There are more HIV prevention options than ever before. Learn more about PrEP to decide if it is right for you.

Can I take PrEP while on birth control?

There are no known interactions between PrEP and hormone-based birth control methods, e.g., the pill, patch, ring, shot, implant, or IUD. It is safe to use both at the same time.

Can I take PrEP during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

If you 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.

How can I pay for PrEP?

Most insurance plans and state Medicaid programs cover PrEP. There are also other programs that provide PrEP for free or at a reduced cost:

Ready, Set PrEP provides free HIV-prevention medication for those who qualify. Photo of Toni, 3 years on PrEP.