PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV. PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV during sex by about 99% when used as prescribed, and by 74% in those whose risk of HIV is due to injection drug use. Whereas oral PrEP is less effective when not taken as prescribed, some who have difficulty taking a daily oral medication might benefit from the newly available injectable form, which does not require daily pill-taking to achieve the same benefit.
Oral PrEP medications reach maximum protection after 7 days of sustained daily use when HIV risk is related to receptive anal sex. For reducing HIV risk related to receptive vaginal sex and injection drug use, PrEP pills reach maximum protection at about 21 days of daily use.
Side effects of taking PrEP vary depending on the particular medication used. For those taking oral PrEP medications, common side effects include stomach upset and, to a lesser extent, nausea, headache, fatigue, and diarrhea – though these symptoms usually lessen with sustained use. For those taking injectable PrEP, the most commonly reported issue is injection site reaction.
Q Care Plus clinicians and nurses are available online to discuss potential side effects and to provide support to those starting PrEP.
Those who are living with HIV play an important role in limiting new diagnosis in our communities. “Undetectable = Untransmittable” (U=U) means that a person with HIV who is on effective treatment and who has an undetectable HIV viral load cannot transmit HIV through sex.
For patients seeking PrEP who learn they are HIV-positive, Q Care Plus will assist you in finding a medical home for HIV treatment, either with Q Care Link or with a community organization. With treatment, people living with HIV live long, healthy, and productive lives!
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a once daily pill that is 99% effective at preventing HIV. 20% of new HIV diagnosis in the U.S. are among cisgender women, yet they comprise only 5% of all PrEP users. We want to change that and empower you to take control of your sexual health!
PrEP is for everyone who is at risk of getting HIV. If you are frequently having sex (especially receptive vaginal sex), you might be at risk of HIV.
PrEP is also safe to take with many different medications and prescriptions.
PrEP is safe to take with:
+ Anxiety and depression medication
+ Hormone replacement medication
+ Birth control
+ Most other medications
If ever in doubt, our dedicated team of providers who specialize in sexual health are here to answer your questions and ensure your medications work together to protect you and your body.