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Even though PrEP has been available for over a year, not a lot of people know about it. And, even fewer people feel like they know enough about it to be able to make an informed decision about using it.


What is PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is an anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected. PrEP is approved by the FDA and is proven to be safe and effective. A single pill, taken once daily, is highly effective against HIV when taken regularly. This pill has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by more than 90%. The medication blocks the virus from copying itself and prevents it from establishing an infection.

  • Its effectiveness is even higher if it is combined with other ways to prevent new HIV infections like condom use.
  • In addition to taking a daily medication, PrEP also involves regular visits to the health care provider at the OCHD STD Center.
  • It’s important to note that this medication is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.
  • Also, taking PrEP will not prevent other STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.


Who is it for?
PrEP is not for everyone. It is for people who are HIV-negative and at high risk for HIV infection. This includes anyone who:

  • injects drugs and shares needles
  • has sex with an HIV positive partner
  • has multiple sex partners

Risks are generally determined by clinic staff using CDC guidelines.


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Where can I get it?
Our exceptional and dedicated staff will guide patients through the assessment stages before initiating PrEP. Support is also given to patients throughout their follow-up visits.

For the OCHD STD Center location and hours click here.

The OCHD STD Center is committed to Governor Cuomo’s three-point plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State.

For other locations that offer PrEP, click here.



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