You’ve seen, heard, and thought about PrEP. The question is, are you on PrEP? According to recent statics, you’re probably not. That needs to change.
Not since Grindr, has something entered the gay ethos with such force and global dominance. With a 99% effectiveness in preventing the infection of HIV, PrEP is not just a game-changer, it’s a life (saving) changer.
According to a 2017 CDC (Centers for Disease Control) study found, 9 in 10 gay and bi men are aware of PrEP but only 35% use it. Considering the significance of what PrEP can do and achieve, 35% use is far too low of a number for a treatment that is readily available, accessible and free (more on this later).
For the betterment and livelihood of our LGBTQ community, we want to bring awareness to PrEP, provide information about it and help in gaining access to free and low-cost PrEP treatment.
Let’s get to the basics. Here are some PrEP Facts:
What is PrEP?
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill treatment that is up to 99% effective in preventing HIV, for those individuals who are HIV negative. The name of the pill is Truvada and it is referred to as TruvadaÒ for PrEP.
What are the side effects of Truvada for PrEP?
Those taking PrEP report little to no side effects, but symptoms such as headache, abdominal pain, and weight loss can happen. These side effects typically do not last long and often go away entirely within the first few weeks.
protect against other STDs?
PrEP does not prevent any other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) other than HIV.
How can I get PrEP?
Truvada is by prescription only. You have to consult with a doctor and do the required labs. We know that going to the doctor generally sucks and takes too much time, but now you can go online to get your PrEP with TelePrEP companies like MISTR. It’s really easy, you can all the required testing at home. No need to go to the doctor’s office, no needles and no paperwork.
How much does PrEP cost? Does insurance cover PrEP? Can I get PrEP for free?
PrEP is free, yes free! Most insurance companies cover Truvada for PrEP. If your insurance doesn’t cover PrEP or you have no insurance, there are various programs that will cover the cost of your medication. Like anything to do with insurance, it can be a hassle, but that’s another reason we love MISTR. They handle all the paperwork and logistics.
Enjoy sex without the fear of HIV. Just one pill a day, that’s all it takes to protect yourself and help stop the spread of HIV. Get PrEP today.
PrEP yourself for sex, PrEP yourself for life.
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