What is HIV PrEP?
HIV PrEP (or pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication that can be taken daily to prevent HIV infection in persons who are at increased risk for exposure to the virus. Studies show that PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by 99% when taken properly. PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted diseases, so consistent condom use is essential.
Is PrEP right for me?
HIV PrEP is recommended for all individuals who are at increased risk for HIV infection. Risk factors include, but are not limited to, engaging in anal intercourse, having multiple partners, having a partner who is HIV positive (or status is not known), engaging in sexual acts while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and IV (intravenous) drug use.
How can RISD Health Services Help?
Nurse practitioners at RISD Health Services can prescribe HIV PrEP medication to any student at risk or requesting PrEP medications. For students already on PrEP, we are happy to continue your prescription and required monitoring on campus.
How much will HIV PrEP cost?
Students often worry about the cost of treatments. Fortunately, PrEP is covered by most major insurance plans, including United Health Student Resources. Additionally, the makers of PrEP drugs offer a prescription co-payment support plan, which can reduce your out-of-pocket expenses to $0. Further details can be found at https://www.gileadadvancingaccess.com/
Make an appointment with RISD Health Services to discuss your risks, get tested, and start protecting yourself against HIV!