Learn how adding PrEP to your daily routine can reduce your risk of getting HIV by up to 99%.
What is PrEP?
PrEP is a daily pill that can cut your chances of getting HIV by up to 99%...and give you more peace of mind and control over your health. When you take it every day, PrEP works like a protective barrier that keeps you from getting HIV even if you've been exposed.
How does PrEP work?
PrEP is made up of two medications that act together to keep HIV from attacking your body and making you sick. Studies show that PrEP is very effective at preventing HIV in guys who have sex with guys, trans women and people who inject drugs. PrEP won't protect you against syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia and it won't keep you from getting pregnant. PrEP is safe and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Why do we need PrEP?
Let's face it: we need to find more ways to protect ourselves and the people we love from HIV. Every year there are 50,000 more people who get HIV in the U.S. We can do better than that and PrEP can help us.
Does PrEP cause side effects?
Some people report mild side effects like fatigue, nausea and upset stomach, but these usually go away after a few days. Pay attention to your body and call your doctor if you have side effects that interfere with your daily life and last more than a few days.
Who should take PrEP?
PrEP may be right for you if you are HIV-negative and don't use condoms 100% of the time. Guys who have sex with other guys or trans women may benefit from PrEP, as well as anyone who has a partner who is living with HIV, anyone who uses IV drugs or anyone who doesn't know the HIV status of his or her sex partner(s).
How can I get PrEP?
Call Project SALSA at Esperanza Health Centers at (773) 916-4436 to make an appointment. Esperanza sees all patients regardless of insurance status, immigration status or ability to pay. At your first appointment, we'll talk about PrEP and do some tests to see if PrEP is right for you. When your results come in, we'll be ready to give you your first prescription for PrEP.
What about PrEP and condoms?
Condoms are great, but there are plenty of reasons people don't always use them.
Sometimes we just forget to put them on
Sometimes we just don't have them with us
Some say they're not comfortable or they make it difficult to stay hard.
Some people say condoms make sex less enjoyable
Sometimes it's hard to insist that your partner use a condom
If you've ever found yourself not using condoms for any of these reasons, PrEP could be an option for you.
How do I take PrEP?
Take PrEP once a day to get maximum protection against HIV. Take it in the morning, before bed, with your lunch, whatever works best. Don't forget that you'll need to make appointments with your doctor 4 times a year to make sure PrEP is working like it should.
Can I afford PrEP?
Many insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover the cost of PrEP. However if you're undocumented or don't have health coverage for other reasons, don't get discouraged. There are other programs in place that could help you get PrEP affordably. Esperanza Health Centers and Project SALSA will help you find a way to make PrEP as affordable and accessible as possible.
To learn more about PrEP or to make an appointment with Esperanza Health Centers, call us at:
Little Village location
3059 W. 26th Street
(steps from the Little Village Arch)
California Avenue location
2001 S. California Ave. #100
(next to the California Pink Line stop)
PrEP Provider locator
PrEP information in Spanish