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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP is a clinically proven way to stop HIV infection before getting exposed to it. HIV disease over the last few decades has got a lot of new treatments and PrEP is one of the best ways to stop getting HIV in the first place. With a simple daily use of a medication (“Truvada”) one can stay safe from HIV.
PrEP is an abbreviation for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis while PEP is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is used by HIV-free individuals who are at risk of getting exposed to HIV while PEP is an option for individually who have been exposed to HIV either through sex or injection drug use.
Medications such as Truvada by blocking an enzyme called HIV reverse transcriptase. Individuals who consistently use Truvada are able to maintain enough concentration of this drug in the body and tissues to prevent HIV from making more copies of itself in the body in case they are exposed.Get Started
If you already have a prescription, you can send us a copy of the prescription or an image of your current medication vial. Consultations with a physician can be scheduled in the app itself or if you are near one of our affiliate clinics, you can visit in person.Get Started
PrEP is extremely effective in reducing the risk of getting HIV from sex with studies showing a reduction of 99% when taken consistently. The risk of getting HIV from injecting drugs is lower but still significant with a reduction of at least 74% when taken consistently. PrEP does not protect against other STDs so cannot be a substitute for condoms.
PrEP has not been associated with any serious life threatening side effects. The most common side effects is nausea which generally subsides over.
Clinical guidelines recommend PrEP for people without HIV who are at risk of exposure from sex or injection drug use. Most common risk factors include anal or vaginal sex in the past 6 months with a sexual partner with HIV or unknown HIV status. Individual who inject drugs are at an increase risk as well particularly if they have an injection partner with HIV or share needles, syringes or other drug paraphernalia.
Truvada is the only medication that is currently approved for use as PrEP.
A month’s supply of generic Truvada costs about $280. This can further lowered if you are covered by a drug plan or your provincial drug plan. If you want to know your actual cost, add your information to your profile and send us a message to give you the exact amount you will have to pay. If you are having financial difficulty to pay for you treatment, please reach out to us so we can help you obtain financial support.
PrEP does not protect against STDs.
PrEP is once a daily pill. The most important part of the treatment is to take the medication consistently without fail. If you missed a pill or medication so take your pill as soon as you remember it. If it’s close to the next dose, take the next dose, don't take the double dose.
Most private and provincial drug plans cover PrEP. If you have specific questions please reach out to one of our staff.
While some plans cover the entire cost of the medications, some may require you to pay a co-pay or deductible. If you want to find out your exact cost for treatment, please complete your profile and reach out to us.
You can get your PrEP therapy from our app delivered to your home or office in discrete packaging.
Truvada is the only therapy that is currently approved for PrEP.
Medications such as Truvada by blocking an enzyme called HIV reverse transcriptase. Individuals who consistently use Truvada are able to maintain enough concentration of this drug in the body and tissues to prevent HIV from making more copies of itself in the body in case they are exposed.