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PrEP is an HIV prevention strategy for people who are HIV negative, but at high risk of contracting the virus. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis and works by taking one pill every day. Prophylaxis means “prevention” in medical terminology.

  • PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is daily medicine that can reduce your chance of getting HIV.

  • PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body.

  • Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%.

  • Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada for PrEP use in 2012. This medication is taken as a once-daily oral pill, which combines two medicines in one: Emtriva (also called emtricitabine or FTC) and Viread (also called tenofovir disoproxil fumarate or TDF). Truvada works by blocking an enzyme called HIV reverse transcriptase. By blocking this enzyme, it prevents HIV from making more copies of itself in the body. 



There are ways to get Truvada for PrEP at no or low cost....

Medicaid, prescription assistance programs, etc.

For information about PrEP or regarding specific costs and insurance plans, please call or text us at 225-505-2933.

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Same day appointments available.

Schedule an appointment by filling out the form below. Please feel free to include any further questions or concerns you have regarding PrEP or Open Health and someone will respond to you shortly.  

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