What is PrEP?
PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is an FDA-approved, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended daily prevention regimen that, if followed, can reduce your risk of contracting HIV by more than 90 percent. The regimen includes a daily dose of the pill Truvada, as well as regular HIV tests (every 3 months) and periodic kidney testing (every six months). Please note that only individuals who are verified as HIV negative can take PrEP.
You can learn more about how PrEP works and enroll in our PrEP program by calling 412-345-7456 and asking to speak to an Allies Health Advocate, or use the Contact Us link.
Recently Exposed to HIV?
PEP (Post-exposure Prophylaxis) could help. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV (through any means) you should contact your healthcare provider or go to an emergency room within 72 hours to access PEP.
PEP is a regimen of antiretroviral drugs that is designed to isolate the virus, stop its replication and the establishment of infection.
Allies provides PEP for those in need. Simply call us at 412-345-7456 within 72 hours of exposure. If you call outside clinic hours, (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday), please leave a message. An Allies Health Advocate will call you with an appointment to come in and begin treatment.
Please note that Allies Medical Clinic is not open on the weekends. If you need to be seen on a weekend, please go to the nearest emergency room.
Is PrEP right for Me?
PrEP is a tool you can choose to reduce your risk of HIV infection. PrEP is for people who are HIV-negative and vulnerable to contracting HIV, including men who have sex with men (MSM), trans* individuals, genderqueer and gender non-binary individuals, heterosexual women, and injection drug users.
You might consider PrEP if:
- You’re HIV-negative and interested in PrEP.
- You don’t always use condoms when you have anal or vaginal intercourse. “Always” means every time, not sometimes.
- You partner(s) doesn’t wear a condom.
- You have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the last six months.
- You’re unsure of the HIV status of your sexual partner(s).
- You’re in a sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner who may or may not be on HIV treatment.
- You are a person who injects drugs, or you’re in a sexual relationship with an injection drug user.
What can I expect?
Adherence to your prescription is the most effective way to reduce your risk of contracting HIV. If you become an Allies PrEP patient, you can:
- Access HIV and STI Screenings every three months
- Get a physical check up every six months
- Enroll in mail-order prescriptions to have your medication shipped to an address you verify
- Work with an Allies Health Advocate to answer any questions, and keep track of your appointments.
Paying for your health + wellbeing should be the last thing you are worried about. You will have access to drug assistance programs to help cover co-pays, as well as PrEP being covered by most insurance providers.
PrEP is generally well tolerated with few side effects. Our medical professionals can answer any questions you have concerning PrEP.
Make an Appointment
You can make an appointment by calling 412.345.7456 to talk with an Allies Health Advocate.
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