PrEP, which stands for Pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a daily pill that prevents HIV. If you think you may be at risk for HIV, taking PrEP every day can help keep you HIV negative.


What is PrEP?

PrEP is a daily pill called Truvada. When taken every day, PrEP is over 90% effective at preventing HIV from sex. If you miss pills, PrEP becomes less effective. PrEP is only for people who are HIV negative, and it doesn’t stop you from getting other STDs. If you are taking PrEP, you must visit your healthcare provider every 3 months to make sure you’re HIV negative and to check for other STDs.


Who is PrEP for?

PrEP is for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. You may be at increased risk based on who you have sex with and if you use certain drugs. Our providers can let you know if you would benefit from taking PrEP.


PrEP might be right for you if you:

  • have an HIV+ partner

  • have more than one partner

  • don’t regularly use condoms and/or don’t know the HIV status of your partners

  • recently had an STD

  • have a partner that has other partners, especially if those partners are at higher risk of HIV

  • use IV drugs, especially if you share needles, or if your sex partner(s) use IV drugs

  • have sex in exchange for money, drugs, or a place to stay


How much does PrEP cost?

Medicaid covers PrEP. For those with private insurance that have copays, or if you are uninsured, we can help you enroll in a program that offers discounted or free PrEP.


If you think PrEP might be right for you, or if you have more questions, call Preterm to schedule an appointment at 216-991-4000. We accept most major insurance, including Medicaid. 


This information is adapted from NYC Health PrEP FAQs and CDC PrEP 101. Click here or here to learn more about PrEP.