PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV.
There are two medications approved for use as PrEP: Truvada® and Descovy®.
- Truvada® is for all people at risk through sex or injection drug use.
- Descovy® is for people at risk through sex, except for people assigned female at birth who are at risk of getting HIV from vaginal sex.
PrEP is safe but some people experience side effects like diarrhea, nausea, headache,
fatigue, and stomach pain. These side effects usually go away over time.
Tell your health care provider about any side effects that are severe or do not go away.
PrEP is available at all 16 county health departments in the West Central Health District. Call our PrEP Navigator at 706-321-6240 for a free and confidential consultation to see if PrEP is right for you.