What is pre-exposure prophylaxis (prep)?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Why is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) used?


Use PrEP to protect against HIV.

  • It almost always protects you from getting HIV through sex.
  • It reduces your risk of getting HIV from injecting drugs.


Take PrEP if you're trying to get pregnant with someone who has HIV.

  • It can help prevent you from getting HIV. This will protect you and your baby.

How do you take HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)?


PrEP may be taken as a daily pill. It may also be given as a long-acting shot.


It's important to stay on schedule when taking PrEP. If you skip a pill or miss a shot appointment, PrEP doesn't work as well to block the virus.

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