If I use PrEP, do I have to use condoms?

We’re not here to be the condom police and dictate your sex life. To answer this question, it really depends on what you and your partner want and need that will determine whether you “have” to use condoms. There are many options available now to prevent HIV. Who doesn’t love options? Of course, just like condoms, PrEP only works if you use it.

If you use PrEP consistently and correctly, it is 92%–99% effective in reducing your HIV risk, whether you use a condom or not. PrEP does not protect against STIs, like gonorrhea, Chlamydia, or syphilis, and does not prevent pregnancy. (Condoms do protect against HIV, STIs, and pregnancy.)

Condoms have been and continue to be an effective tool in reducing HIV risk, but we know that many people are already not using condoms each and every time they have sex. PrEP is an additional tool to consider for HIV prevention.