PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medication that you can take to prevent you from getting HIV. Taking PrEP means you’re safeguarding yourself against HIV, helping take away the stress of what-ifs or second guesses by reducing your risk of getting HIV from sex.

Can someone who is HIV positive take PrEP?​ 

No, PrEP should only be taken by HIV-negative individuals. If an HIV-positive individual takes PrEP, they could become resistant to ARVs (antiretrovirals), which are used for HIV treatment, resulting in them no longer being responsive to anti-HIV treatment.​ 

Is using a condom necessary if on PrEP?​ 

Condoms decrease your risk of being exposed to HIV by providing barrier protection and blocking sperm or HIV from entering the body. Condoms can also help protect you against other STIs, whereas PrEP can’t. If you are exposed to HIV, PrEP works by stopping it from replicating when it enters your bloodstream. It is not a replacement for condoms but an extra layer of protection.

Where can you get PrEP?​ 

You can go to your nearest clinic to ask for PrEP; however, it will require a script from your healthcare professional. You will also need to undergo testing to check your HIV status. To find a PrEP provider near you, click here 

Part 1 | What it means to PrEP


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