PrEP takes about 7 days before it is fully effective in rectal tissue, which is the most common need. For the first week you are on PrEP, you should continue to use condoms every time you have sex in order to prevent HIV. If you are concerned about other STDs (e.g. gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, etc.), condom use is encouraged as PrEP is only effective for preventing HIV. It may take longer for PrEP to be effective in vaginal tissue, oral tissue, or for injection drug users, so it is best to talk with your doctor about your specific needs.
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- PrEP for Women
- Besides the pill, what else do I have to do to get PrEP?
- Can I still get HIV while on PrEP?
- Can PlushCare prescribe PrEP?
- Does PrEP work if I think I was just exposed to HIV?
- How old must I be to enroll in PlushCare's PrEP treatment program?
- How quickly does PrEP work?
- How effective is PrEP?
- I don't have private health insurance and PrEP is too expensive.
- I have a high deductible plan or my co-pay is too high, what can I do?