If you need additional information or have questions about local providers that will prescribe PrEP, please call one of our Prevention Team at 785-232-3100.
How can I start PrEP?
PrEP can be prescribed only by a health care provider, so talk to yours to find out if PrEP is the right
HIV prevention strategy for you. You must take PrEP daily for it to work.
Also, you must take an HIV test before beginning PrEP to be sure you don’t already have HIV and every 3 months while you’re taking it, so you’ll have to visit your health care provider for regular follow-ups.
How do I speak to my doctor or other health care provider about PrEP?
Before Your Visit Make an appointment: with your health care provider. Your doctor can help you to decide if PrEP would be a good choice for you. Do research: Make a list of reasons that you think that PrEP would be a good choice for you. Think about: your routine, especially things that might make it easy or hard to take a daily medication. Make a health history list for your doctor: That includes any past illnesses or concerns you have, as well as a list of your current medications (including supplements, herbs, etc.). Make sure a translator is available: or bring someone who can translate if you would prefer to speak a language other than English during your appointment. During Your Visit Be clear: Take out your notes and tell your doctor that you are interested in PrEP right away. Do not be shy: Give your doctor all the details about your life that could be important to your health. Don’t worry about being judged. If your sex life is a hard topic to talk about, say that to your doctor. It will help to start the conversation. Ask questions: You want to be sure that you understand what your doctor is telling you. Take notes: during your visit so that you can remember what your doctor said. After Your Visit Review your notes: or any information provided by your doctor. Consider your options: Your doctor gave you a lot of information. Now it is up to you to make the right decision for you. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/behavior/index.html Call your doctor: if you have more questions. Ask to speak to a nurse if your doctor is unavailable. Schedule tests: or follow-up appointments your doctor requested. Get your results if you had tests done at your appointment. If you feel comfortable: you may want to discuss this choice with your partners, family, or friends.
Resources For Your Provider:
Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection - 2014: A PHS Clinical Practice Guideline http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/guidelines/ PrEPguidelines2014.pdf
Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection - 2014: Clinical Providers’ Supplement http://www.cdc.gov/hivpdf//guidelines/ PrEPProviderSupplement2014.pdf
Gilead Sciences PrEP Website: contains information about the drug, its use for PrEP, and information about the Medication Assistance Program. https://start.truvada.com