PrEP and PEP
PrEP stands for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and it is a new HIV prevention tool that can help reduce your risk of acquiring HIV by taking medication once per day. PrEP is a new and innovative way to add an extra level of protection against HIV for those that are HIV-negative and at risk of contracting HIV.
Our staff will work individually with HIV-negative individuals who are looking to start PrEP to navigate the entire process from the initial doctor’s visit, acquiring medications, and helping to remind clients of their follow-up visits.
Please see our PrEP page for more information about how to get started on PrEP!
Our staff is dedicated to the promotion of safer sex techniques as a method of risk reduction. Education is vital to understanding how HIV is transmitted and how a person can change their behaviors to reduce their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV.
Some examples of safer sex activities can include:
- Using more lubrication during sex to reduce the chance of tearing during sex.
- Limiting the amount of sexual partners
- Choosing to be the top (anal insertive) partner as opposed to the bottom (anal receptive) partner
- Reducing or eliminating the combination of drugs and sex
For more information regarding safer sex and additional examples, please check out this link.
And please contact our team if you would like to speak to someone directly about safer sex.
Drugs and HIV
Substance use can greatly hinder a person’s ability to make sound decisions, especially when it is combined with sexual activity.
There are many different types of drugs in existence, each having a different effect on the body. Please view this link to learn more about each type of illegal substance and their effects.
It is also important to understand how substance use can increase your chance of acquiring or transmitting HIV. Drinking alcohol, particularly binge drinking, and using drugs like methamphetamine or cocaine can alter your judgment, lower your inhibitions, and impair your decisions about sex or other drug use. You may be more likely to have unplanned and unprotected sex, have a harder time using a condom the right way every time you have sex, have more sexual partners, or use other drugs, including injection drugs or meth. Those behaviors can increase your risk of exposure to HIV. If you have HIV, they can also increase your risk of spreading HIV to others. Being drunk or high affects your ability to make safe choices.
Please check out this website for more information about how drug use increases the chance of getting HIV.