How do you talk to your provider about PrEP?

PrEP is a new technology and some providers might not feel comfortable prescribing it until we know more. PrEP also requires a provider to talk about sex with their patients on a regular basis. Your sexual health is an important part of your overall wellness; even if your provider doesn’t ask you about your sexual practices, it’s helpful to let your provider know if you think you are at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

If your provider is knowledgeable about PrEP and willing to prescribe it, make sure that they:

  • thoroughly explore your risks for HIV and offer prevention support in addition to PrEP;
  • ensure that you are HIV negative before giving you a prescription;
  • test you for hepatitis B and offer to vaccinate you against hepatitis B if you are not already infected;
  • test you for other STIs;
  • continue to test for HIV and STIs regularly;
  • offer you support and advice on good adherence;
  •  offer you support and resources to reduce your HIV risks.

Here is the revised version of the Truvada medication guide that has now been updated to include considerations for PrEP.

If your provider is not knowledgeable about PrEP but would like to learn more, they can consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance (2) on prescribing PrEP and/or also contact the National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center’s Warmline for expert clinical advice (for clinical providers only).

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