04 Jul PrEP—Basic Information
PrEP is an abbreviation for the term pre-exposure prophylaxis. It’s the use of anti-HIV medications to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. Taking a pill once a day can be 92 – 100 percent efficient in preventing HIV.
Presently, the only PrEP medication authorized by the United States’ Federal Drug Administration is Truvada, which consists of a combination of emtricitabine and tenofovir. The use of PrEP requires a medical prescription, along with special, health-related considerations.
PrEP does not substitute the use of condoms, nor is it a vaccine, or offer protection against other sexually-transmitted infections.
PrEP is for you if you are:
- Sexually active, 18 years old, or older
- HIV negative, after taking a fourth-generation HIV test
- A man that has sex with other men
- A transgender woman
- Someone that enjoys anal sexual intercourse without a condom
- Someone who has sex with men that have sex with other men, transgender women, or HIV positive individuals
- Someone who has sex in exchange for money, gifts, drugs or other incentives
- Someone with a diagnosis or treatment for a sexually-transmitted infection during the past three months
- Someone who lives with a serodiscordant partner (where one in the couple is HIV-positive and the other one is not)
For more information about PrEP, visit SETAC’s Community Center.
SETAC has a Community Center located at Aldanaca 178, 4A&B (at the corner with Viena) in Colonia Versalles, where you can schedule an appointment for an HIV or syphilis test. SETAC also offers sexual health-related counseling services, along with a variety of cultural and recreational activities to strengthen the local LGBTQ community. For more information, please visit SETAC’s website at www.setac.com.mx, call (322) 224-1974, send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SETACtucentro.