Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
PrEP is an HIV prevention method for people who do not have HIV but want to reduce their risk of becoming infected with the virus. This once-daily pill, when used consistently, has been shown to very effectively reduce the risk of HIV infection among adult men and women at high risk for HIV infection. The World Health Organization recommends offering PrEP to all people who have a significant risk of HIV infection.
Read our Position Statement on PrEP.
In February 2016, Health Canada approved a drug called Truvada to be used for PrEP.
On October 1, 2018 Alberta made generic versions of the medication available at no cost to individuals at high risk of HIV acquisition.
How to Get HIV PrEP
According to Alberta Health Services, the medication will be prescribed by designated health professionals who have demonstrated specific knowledge of HIV prevention. Check AHS’ page for updates and information.
HIV Community Link has a shortlist of physicians in Calgary that are open to prescribing PrEP to clients in their practice. For more info about these options, contact us at email@example.com
What Else Do You Need to Know About PrEP?
It’s important to know that receiving a prescription for PrEP is not as simple as going to a clinic and walking out with a bottle of Truvada. Taking PrEP involves developing a relationship with your healthcare provider and requires ongoing follow-up. This starts with setting up a “meet and greet” appointment to sit down with the doctor and have a conversation about if PrEP is right for you. Before you receive a prescription, you will also need to have blood work done, including HIV testing. Bloodwork, as well as HIV and STI testing should be done every 3 months when on PrEP.
Is PrEP Right For You?
Taking PrEP means building a relationship with your doctor where you can speak openly and honestly about activities that may increase your risk of HIV and other STIs, your ability to take your meds regularly without missing doses, and other questions or concerns about your overall health. PrEP is an important and effective tool in the HIV prevention toolbox.
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