PrEP and PEP for HIV Prevention
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily medication that reduces your chance of getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. It works by making it nearly impossible for the virus to take over cells.
If you are interested in learning more about PrEP, the Points West staff can help. Talk with a Points West team member at 303-239-7078. The clinic staff can help find an assistance plan to make PrEP affordable for you.
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis)
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is a medicine to help prevent HIV after a possible exposure. PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a possible exposure to HIV.
Talk to your healthcare provider about PEP right away (within 72 hours) if you think you've recently been exposed to HIV. The sooner you start PEP, the better. Every hour counts. If you're prescribed PEP, you'll need to take it daily for 28 days.