#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.
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.
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.
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, PrEPexternal icon makes PrEP medication available at no cost to those who qualify.
- Co-pay assistance programsexternal icon help lower the costs of PrEP medications. Income is not a factor in eligibility.
- Some states have PrEP assistance programsexternal icon. Some cover medication, some cover clinical visits and lab costs, and some cover both.
Additional Health Information
- HIV and pregnant women, infants, and children
- Information about HIV self-testing
- Information about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during pregnancy
- More health information about pregnancy and delivery
- To learn more information about PrEP
Even more resources and information!
- DC’s PrEP awareness campaign for all womenexternal icon
- Planned Parenthood of Greater New York: PrEP for Women Too Campaignexternal icon
- Sister Love’s PrEP resources for womenexternal icon
Partner and Clinician Resources
The CDC HIV Nexus is a one-stop location for information across the HIV continuum, including up-to-date tools and guidelines for your practice, and educational materials for your patients.