What is PEP?
- PEP stands for POST exposure Prophalaxis (PEP)
- PEP means taking medicine to prevent HIV after a possible exposure.
- PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV, the sooner, the better.
If you are concerned about a recent exposure, call your doctor or go to an emergency room.
What is PrEP?
- PrEP is short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It’s a once-a-day pill or once a month injection that helps prevent you from getting HIV.
- PrEP is for people who don’t have HIV but who may be at high risk of becoming infected—especially gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. PrEP is also recommended for anyone who has an HIV-positive partner. PrEP isn’t for people who are HIV-positive.
- PrEP is also effective at preventing HIV for people who inject drugs.
- PrEP is available only by prescription. A doctor must prescribe PrEP.
We are here to help you learn more about PrEP and get you started if it’s right for you.
Always be PrEPared
PrEP is covered by most health insurance plans. If you have health insurance, the cost of PrEP is usually covered with no out-of-pocket costs. If you don’t have insurance, or you are on someone else’s insurance, the PrEP Drug Assistance Program (PrEPDAP) may be able to help cover the cost of PrEP. PrEPDAP also assists eligible clients by covering out-of-pocket costs for PrEP, such as co-pays and payments towards a deductible.
We provide intensive care coordination, support and services to individuals who require assistance in accessing and maintaining PrEP.
We will identify barriers that prevent clients from engaging in their health care and finding solutions that work.
Empowering clients to choose other sexual health strategies if PrEP is not a right choice for them.
Follow up appointments to monitor health care will be needed.
PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily.
Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken daily. PrEP must be taken as directed to be effective.
PrEP-DAP (Drug assistance program)
PrEP is usually covered by insurance. DAP is “drug assistance program” able to reduce the burden of coming out of pocket.
PrEP-DAP can either take care of the full cost of the preventative medication or handle the copays.
Who is a perfect candidate?
Anyone making less than 60,400 annually.
Please call Jack Shipley PrEP Navigator at 508-730-3318
Ready to Care
Michael CurrierProgram Director, Project Aware
Jack ShipleyPrEP Navigator, Project Aware
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