HIV: Is PrEP for Me?

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PrEP is meant to be taken by people who have substantial risk for getting HIV. People who may be at substantial risk for getting HIV are:

  • Someone who has sex with a partner who has HIV.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men who engage in condomless anal sex with someone whose HIV status is unknown.
  • Transgender women who engage in condomless anal sex with someone whose HIV status is unknown.
  • People who share injection drug use equipment with someone who may be HIV positive.

Questions on the Wisconsin PrEP assessment tool (PDF) may help you determine if you are at substantial risk for HIV:

Some people may not be able to take PrEP because of medical reasons. Before prescribing PrEP, a physician would assess your kidney function and bone health to determine how PrEP may affect you.

For PrEP to be fully effective, Truvada must be taken every day. If you want to use PrEP to prevent HIV, you must be committed to taking a pill once a day.

Truvada may have some minor side effects when you first start on PrEP. These side effects may include upset stomach, loss of appetite, or a mild headache. These symptoms usually go away within the first month.

To learn more about whether PrEP is right for you, see the resources below or contact your health care provider:

Last Revised: January 17, 2019