HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch
HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)?
PrEP is an HIV prevention method for people who are HIV-negative. It involves taking a daily anti-HIV medication to reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV. Several studies have shown that, when taken as directed, PrEP dramatically reduces the risk of becoming infected when combined with other prevention services. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends PrEP for all individuals who are at high risk for HIV infection.
The pill (brand name Truvada)
is a combination of two anti-HIV medications (tenofovir and
emtricitabine). Truvada is commonly used to treat HIV positive
individuals in combination with other anti-HIV medications.
Truvada was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in
July 2012 for the
of HIV-infection in
HIV-negative men and women.
County New Center article: Drug Significantly Reduces Risk of Getting HIV