PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is medical therapy that has been proven to be highly effective (when used properly) in preventing an HIV negative person from becoming infected with HIV through sexual exposure. One study has shown nearly 100% protection in those who were consistent and diligent in taking their therapy. Please see our Health Links section for resources regarding PrEP. The 2014 CDC guidelines recommend that certain patients consider PrEP:
1) Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men who are at risk of acquiring HIV
2) Heterosexually active men and women who are at a substantial risk of acquiring HIV
3) HIV sero-discordant couples (one partner HIV positive and the other HIV negative)
4) Injection drug users at substantial risk of acquiring HIV
There are a number of nuances regarding each of these categories and each person's risk vs. benefit will vary. Please make an appointment to discuss this important issue.