PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a prescription medicine that you take before you come in contact with HIV that will prevent HIV infection. These medications are highly effective when taken as prescribed, and are very safe and generally well-tolerated by most people. Anyone can use PrEP to prevent HIV infection. If condoms aren’t or can’t be used during sex, or if using clean syringes is not possible, then taking PrEP is an effective way to help prevent HIV. PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. When taken as prescribed, PrEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%.
The Butler County Health Department offers a free PrEP Clinic once a month. This program provides free PrEP medications to people who do not have insurance. It expands access to PrEP medications, reduces the number of new HIV transmissions, and brings us one step closer to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.
The PrEP Clinic is held at the Butler County Health Department the second Friday of the month from 10:30am-7:00pm. To schedule an appointment call 573-785-8478