What is PrEP?
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. If you are interested in PrEP or would like more information, contact us via text or phone at (619) 662-4161 or message us.
HOW DOES PREP PREVENT HIV?
PrEP works by taking the antiretroviral medication Truvada once per day. Truvada contains 2 medications that fight HIV by stopping the multiplication of the virus.
This video explains exactly how PrEP helps prevent HIV infection as well as how the medication should be taken.
IS PREP RIGHT FOR YOU?
PrEP is recommended for anyone who is HIV-negative and is at high risk for acquiring HIV. You may want to consider PrEP if you fit into any of the following categories:
- Have a partner who is HIV-positive
- Have multiple partners and do not always use condoms
- Inject drugs and/or share needles with other people
- Have recently had a sexually transmitted disease
- Have recently had sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs
HOW MUCH DOES PREP COST?
PrEP is covered by most private health insurance plans as well as Medi-Cal. If you do not have medical insurance, San Ysidro Health will work with medication assistance programs to cover the cost of the medication. Please call or visit us for more details.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR PREP?
PrEP must be prescribed by a health care provider and we at San Ysidro Health can walk you through the entire process from the initial doctor’s visit, acquiring medications, and helping to remind you of your follow-up visits. We currently offer PrEP at two of our clinics.
Please call either location listed below to make an appointment or to get more information about PrEP. We offer assistance in both English and Spanish:
King Chavez Health Center
950 S. Euclid Ave San Diego CA 92114
Contact: (619) 662-4127
San Ysidro Health Main Clinic
4004 Beyer Blvd San Ysidro CA 92173
Contact: (619) 662-4161