PrEP Aware Week Oct 20 - 26

Welcome to the PrEPforSex website. The information, materials and resources here are for anyone who wants to learn about PrEP for HIV prevention.


What is PrEP?

PrEP (short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is medication that prevents HIV.

PrEP is for anyone – straight, gay or bisexual. PrEP is for male, female, transgender or gender non-conforming individuals.

PrEP is for people who are HIV negative (not living with HIV). When a person takes PrEP as directed, it is 99% effective at preventing HIV.

Is it safe?

PrEP has been shown to be very safe. However, like any medication there may be minor side effects. Some people get an upset stomach when they first start taking it. Tell your health care provider if side effects are severe or do not go away.

How do I get PrEP?

To get PrEP you need a prescription. While you are using PrEP, you will have periodic appointments with a health care provider.

Click here to find a provider that prescribes PrEP.

How much does PrEP cost?

The cost of PrEP includes the cost of medication, medical appointments and lab tests. There are a number of ways to afford PrEP: through your private insurance or Medicaid. Gilead --the company that makes Truvada-- also has a program to help cover the cost. New York State DOH offers a PrEP Assistance Program (PrEP-AP).

PrEP and HIV Testing

PrEP is for people who are HIV negative, so the first step is an HIV test. While you are taking PrEP, you will have HIV testing periodically to make sure you remain HIV negative.

PrEP, Condoms and STIs

PrEP does not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia. Using a male or female condom with PrEP will protect you from most STIs. When you are taking PrEP you will have periodic tests for STIs. Early diagnosis and treatment of STIs protects your health and prevents passing STIs to your partners. Using PrEP and condoms together gives you protection from both HIV and most STIs.


U=U stands for Undetectable equals Untransmitable. It means that a person who has HIV and is on treatment and virally suppressed for 6 months or longer cannot transmit HIV to a partner through sex. To learn more:

If your HIV positive partner is virally suppressed (or undetectable), there is no risk of getting HIV through sex.