At Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson, as a men’s health clinic, we believe in the power of prevention. That is why we are pleased to offer pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. If you are at risk for contracting HIV, we are happy to discuss your own risks, and if you would benefit from PrEP.
What is PrEP?
PrEP is a preventative pill designed for people who are at high risk for contracting HIV. PrEP is a safe daily pill that is more than 90 percent effective, if taken consistently. The medication for PrEP is called Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofivir). It has few side effects, and is tolerated well by most patients. PrEP is covered by most major insurance companies (you may have a deductible, copay, or coinsurance), and the pharmaceutical manufacturer, Gilead, offers a savings plan for patients with high deductible insurance and/or lower income.
Who should take PrEP?
PrEP should be taken by people who are currently HIV-negative, but are at a high risk of contracting the infection. This includes:
- Anyone who is in a monogamous relationship with an HIV-positive person
- Gay or bisexual men who have had anal sex without a condom in the last six months
- Men who have sex with men and women
- Anyone who regularly has sex without condoms with partners who may or may not have HIV
What should I know before taking PrEP?
PrEP can affect the kidneys, so you will need to undergo simple blood tests to evaluate your kidney function. PrEP does not protect against other sexually-transmitted infections, so you will still need to practice protected sex and undergo routine screening for both HIV and other infections.
We offer PrEP in the context of your health as a person. As your primary men’s health physician, we are happy to offer PrEP in conjunction with all of your healthcare needs.