From Positive Times: PrEP for HIV Prevention at UW Health
By Shannon Ruth-Leigh
PrEP (short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV) is a proven method for preventing HIV. People living with HIV can spread the word to friends and loved ones about this reliable prevention option. PrEP involves taking a daily pill and seeing a health care provider regularly. Daily PrEP is up to 99 percent effective at preventing HIV transmission through sex and 74-84 percent effective at preventing transmission through needle sharing.¹
PrEP is for people without HIV who may be at risk. People might be at risk if they:
- Have sexual partners of unknown HIV status
- Have recently had a sexually transmitted infection
- Don’t use condoms regularly
- Share needles
- Have a sexual partner living with HIV who has a detectable or unknown viral load
People can get PrEP by asking their health care provider about it. Some providers may refer patients to a specialty clinic, like the HIV clinic at UW Health. UW Health has a PrEP Navigation program to help all people access PrEP. The PrEP Navigator connects patients to a provider, helps with insurance questions, and knows about financial assistance options to help pay for PrEP.
Later this fall UW Health will unveil a marketing campaign and dedicated website to spread awareness about PrEP and help people get connected to care. Keep an eye out for our advertisements on Madison Metro buses and social media and be sure to show our website to your friends and loved ones.
¹Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2019. [(accessed on 2 August 2019)]. Effectiveness of Prevention Strategies to Reduce the Risk of Acquiring or Transmitting HIV. Available online: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/estimates/preventionstrategies.html