See below for some commonly asked questions about PrEP. You can also explore our PEP FAQ.
If you have a question you can’t find the answer to, please contact us.
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication that reduces your chances of getting HIV. There are currently three medications approved for use as PrEP: Truvada, Descovy, and Apretude. There’s also a generic version of Truvada.
An HIV-negative person who wants to reduce their chances of getting HIV can take PrEP. It can benefit anyone at risk of acquiring HIV through sex or injection drug use. PrEP is available by prescription only, so you need to consult a health care provider to find out if it’s right for you.
Our PrEP navigation team will get you started as soon as possible! Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Contact us
You can request an appointment online and we’ll contact you within 1-2 business days with your next steps. You can also call 203-903-8308 for assistance over the phone. Let us know you’re interested in getting on PrEP.
Step 2: Complete paperwork
You can complete our patient registration form online. It can also be mailed to you, picked up, or completed in the office before your appointment. If you complete the form before your appointment, you must arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than your appointment time, otherwise, it will be rescheduled. Please let us know if you need assistance completing the form.
Step 3: Get scheduled
After getting your completed patient registration form, we’ll contact you to schedule your appointment. You can let us know if you have any requests for providers or days and times.
Side effects vary from person to person and may include upset stomach, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Patients who experience these side effects often experience them for only a short time while adjusting to the medication.
More serious side effects are extremely rare and may include liver toxicity, renal impairment, and lactic acidosis. Discuss serious side effects with your provider before starting PrEP.
Medicaid/Husky and most major insurance plans cover PrEP. With copay assistance programs, PrEP is available with little to no out-of-pocket costs. Our experienced navigators use all available resources to ensure PrEP is affordable and accessible to you.
Yes, according to Connecticut law, if you’re under 18 years old, you can get PrEP without the consent of your medical guardian(s).
Get on PrEP
You can request a PrEP consultation online or call 203-903-8308 for assistance over the phone.