PrEP (short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is medication that prevents HIV.
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.
PrEP is considered safe and effective for people of all genders. The information on this page is for cisgender women.
PrEP is about empowerment. PrEP is under YOUR CONTROL – you don’t have to tell your partner (or anyone else). If you’d like to talk with a health care provider or counselor about PrEP, check out the Department of Health PrEP Provider Directory or talk with your own health care provider.
As a woman, you have special health care needs such as regular breast exams, PAP smears and family planning/birth control. You can talk about PrEP with any of your health care providers. Since PrEP involves medical appointments it may be more convenient if you get PrEP from a health care provider you already see.
If you are a woman seeking to become pregnant with someone who is living with HIV, PrEP can protect you from HIV exposure when trying to become pregnant. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, are already pregnant or are breastfeeding, talk with your health care provider about whether PrEP is right for you.
PrEP is an option if you are someone who trades sex for something you need (housing, drugs, money).
If you are afraid of your intimate partner and negotiating sex may be difficult, PrEP is a way to take control of your sexual health. If you’ve experienced domestic violence, call the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). All calls are free and confidential.