HIV-PrEP is a pill that can prevent HIV. It is free for all Indigenous Peoples in BC.
What is PrEP and what does it do?
- PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
- PrEP is a daily pill for HIV negative peoples
PrEP is a very effective way to prevent HIV if you are HIV-negative and exposed to the virus; for example, when a condom breaks while having sex, having sex without a condom, or sharing a needle with someone who is HIV-positive. If you are on PrEP and exposed to HIV, your chances of getting HIV are extremely low.
PrEP may be for you if you are having sex or sharing needles with people who are HIV-positive or don’t know their status.
While PrEP is very effective for preventing HIV, it does not prevent any other sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, human papillomavirus, hepatitis, or syphilis.
Who could be taking PrEP?
PrEP is available at no cost for Indigenous Peoples of British Columbia who identify as:
- Men who are gay, bi, or men who have sex with men
- Trans men, women, and gender diverse individuals
- Peoples whose partner is HIV-positive and this partner doesn’t have viral suppression
- Peoples who are sharing injection drug equipment with someone who is HIV-positive and that person doesn’t have viral suppression
- If you feel you are not included in the above descriptions please see your healthcare professional as PrEP is still an option for you!
How do I get PrEP?
The first step is talking to a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or nurse practitioner. An HIV test and other blood tests are needed before receiving a prescription for PrEP. For tips on how to approach your doctor about this topic, please our PrEP Step by Step Toolkit.