P PrEP & Pep Treatments Learn more about PrEP and PEP treatments from 26Health of Orlando: they can protect you, and you can get them for free. Request an Appointment PrEP and PEP Treatments Create Peace of Mind As a critical part of the sexual health services offered at 26Health of Orlando, PrEP and PEP treatments protect you pre- and post-exposure to HIV. According to the CDC, when taken correctly, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV through sex by 99%. PEP is effective when taken within 72 hours of possible exposure, but as the CDC says, the sooner you take it the better it works. Both of these treatments are free: we take insurance if you have it, and if you don’t, we work with a co-pay assistance program to pay for your medication for 365 days. Don’t let cost be a barrier to protecting yourself! PrEP Treatments Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new HIV disease control and prevention strategy that involves taking HIV medication to keep the virus from replicating throughout your body after possible exposure. The two PrEP medications approved by the FDA, Truvada and Descovy, are taken once a day, every day. Though PrEP treatments do not negatively affect your immune system, it is not a cure for HIV. PrEP does not protect you against other sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy, which is why you must still always use condoms. At 26Health of Orlando, we recommend that all of our sexually active patients get PrEP, since it has been proven safe for long-term use and is one of the most successful tools for fighting the spread of HIV. PrEP is only for patients who do not have any serious health problems and have tested HIV-negative; in fact, part of the PrEP protocol involves visiting 26Health every 3 months to be tested for HIV and other STIs before receiving test results and getting a refill of your medication. PEP Treatments Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is the preventative strategy of taking HIV medication within 72 hours of possible exposure to the virus to stop the virus from replicating and spreading in your body. PEP is to be used in emergency situations–like sexual assault, or a broken condom–rather than on a regular basis, like PrEP. The PEP treatment involves taking a course of medication for 28 days, once or twice daily. Once you complete the medication, you’ll come back into our clinic to be tested for HIV, and to start PrEP treatment. Are you ready to get PrEPped? Request an appointment at 26Health of Orlando today so that our staff can tell you how to get this important treatment for free. I’m Ready!