PrEP – before you're exposed to HIV
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body.
PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed.
Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent.
Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70 percent.
Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.
Only a healthcare provider can prescribe PrEP.
How much does it cost?
The cost of PrEP is covered by many health insurance plans. Also a commercial medication assistance program provides free or low-cost PrEP to people with limited income and no insurance to cover PrEP care.
Contact us for information about PrEP
For assistance covering the cost of PrEP or for more information, please contact the DOH-Volusia PrEP coordinator at 386-274-0634.
The PrEP Basics flyer includes information on taking the pill and the PrEP prescription.