Starting any new medication can be intimidating. The CDC suggests that PrEP is an excellent option for people who are: 18 years of age or older, are currently HIV-negative, and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- In a sexual relationship with someone who is living with HIV, especially when they are not undetectable
- In a sexual relationship with a partner or multiple partners, with an unknown HIV status
- One or more incidences of condomless anal or vaginal sex in the last 6 months
- Diagnosis of gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis in the last 6 months
- Inject drugs not prescribed by a medical provider or share works for drug preparation
- Have a partner living with HIV and are trying to get pregnant
PrEP will not be a good option for those who meet any of the following:
- Are already living with HIV. Truvada® for PrEP is not enough to treat HIV.
- Who have symptoms of acute HIV infection or have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours (PEP may be a better option).
- Diagnosed with Hepatitis B. Truvada® can also be used as an option for Hepatitis B treatment, but a primary care provider will need to evaluate you for proper care.
- Diagnosed with uncontrollable diabetes or impaired kidney function.