Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
PrEP is a daily pill that you can take to prevent HIV infection.
When taken as prescribed, PrEP can reduce someones risk of HIV infection when exposed by up to 92%.
PrEP does not protect against pregnancy or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), so it is best to use PrEP with other risk reduction methods such as condoms and not sharing injection equipment.
Who Can Take PrEP
PrEP is only for people who are HIV negative. Your health care provider will give you an HIV test before prescribing PrEP to make sure you do not have HIV. You must be able to take the daily medication and see your health care provider every three months to be eligible for PrEP.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends PrEP for people who have high risk for HIV infection through sex without a condom or by sharing injection equipment.
PrEP could be right for you if you are HIV negative and:
- Your sexual partner is living with HIV
- You have recently had a bacterial STD like gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis
- You don't always use condoms when you have anal and/or vaginal sex
- You exchange sex for money, shelter or other goods
- You share syringes or other injection equipment
- You have recently participated in a drug treatment program
- You live in an area or network with a high rate of HIV infection
Your health care provider can help you decide if PrEP is right for you.
- CDC's HIV Risk Reduction Tool
This tool allows you to access information about your risk of getting or transmitting HIV that is individually tailored to meet your needs.
The Minnesota Department of Health provides funding to several agencies to provide PrEP Navigation services. All services are free and confidential. A PrEP Navigator can help you:
- Sign up for health insurance
- Determine your coverage for PrEP
- Sign up for PrEP financial assistance programs
- Find a health care provider who prescribes PrEP
- Accompany you to your first PrEP appointment
- Offer adherence counseling to help you remember to take PrEP
- Provide a personalized risk assessment and PrEP education
- Offer other HIV prevention and testing services
PrEP Navigation Programs
These programs welcome anyone unless otherwise noted.
Saint Paul, MN
- Positive Care Center, Hennepin County Medical Center
Provides PrEP case management
Red Door Clinic
Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP)
Saint Paul, MN
- Youth and AIDS Project (YAP)
Age range 13-30 (no age restriction for partners of YAP clients)
Paying for PrEP
Many health insurance and prescription plans cover PrEP. If you have health insurance, it is a good idea to find out what your plan covers and if you need a pre-authorization before starting PrEP.
Financial assistance to cover the costs of Truvada for PrEP may be available through these programs:
Gilead Advancing Access Program
Gilead, the maker of Truvada, provides several options for financial assistance for PrEP.
PAN Foundation HIV Prevention and Treatment Program
The Patient Assistance Network (PAN) offers financial assistance for PrEP to qualifying individuals.
Finding a PrEP Provider
Talk to your current provider
Any health care provider that prescribes medications can prescribe PrEP, but not everyone is familiar with PrEP.
The following can help you when talking with your health care provider about PrEP:
- CDC's PrEP Webpage
This page has resources in English and Spanish. The consumer resources include a brochure on talking to your doctor about PrEP. The provider resources include the CDC HIV PrEP clinical guidelines and information about PrEP consultation services for clinicians.
Find a new provider
- Minnesota PrEP Provider Directory Registration
Follow this link to register your clinic with the Minnesota PrEP provider registry. We will publish the provider list on this page beginning November 2017.
PrEP Locator is a national directory of HIV PrEP providers. You can search by zip code or city and state.
- Minnesota LGBTQ Directory
The Minnesota LGBTQ Directory is a provider directory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people seeking health-related resources in Minnesota. You can search for a provider based on provider type, sexual orientation, gender, race, language spoken, and specialty.