Protecting yourself from HIV is easy and effective and can help you feel sexier and in control. With just one pill, taken once a day, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) lowers your chances of contracting HIV up to 99%. You can relax and enjoy sex with your partner without the fear of HIV.More About PrEP
PrEP is a once-a-day HIV prevention pill that is up to 99% effective when taken consistently.
PrEP can be for any sexually active HIV-negative person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
PrEP helps you take control of your health and connects you with health providers to help keep you on track.
PrEP is covered by most insurance plans as well as Medicaid. There are also payment assistance programs available for people who are insured or uninsured.
Pleasure and sexual intimacy are important, whether it’s with your long-term partner or with someone you’ve just met. They are important for everyone, whatever your gender identity or sexual orientation.
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is an FDA-approved, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended daily prevention pill for HIV-negative people who are especially vulnerable to getting HIV. Taken daily, PrEP is up to 99% effective at preventing HIV.
Many people who take PrEP report they experience peace of mind while having sex. That peace of mind brings relief from the intense fear — and stigma — of HIV that has characterized our sexual lives for far too long. PrEP users also report feeling safer in their relationships and more in control regarding their sexual health and wellness. What’s sexier than that?PrEP Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention →
PrEP is about self-determination. It’s a tool you can choose to make your sex life safer and take control of your sexual health and wellness. PrEP is designed for people who are HIV-negative and vulnerable to getting HIV. PrEP can be prescribed for gay and bisexual men, for heterosexual men and women, for transgender individuals, and for genderqueer or nonbinary people. PrEP can also help people who inject drugs stay HIV-negative.
You might consider PrEP if:
Many people who take PrEP say they haven’t had any side effects, but like with any drug, there are some reported side effects to consider.
Short term: Approximately 10% of people taking PrEP initially experience mild side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea and headaches. These tend to go away quickly.
Long Term: A small number of people taking PrEP may experience changes in their kidney function and in their bone density. These side effects are not common.
It is important to see your health care provider regularly so they can monitor you for all potential side effects and help you stay healthy.Additional Side Effect Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention →
You may be drawn to PrEP because of a desire for intimacy and connection you may not feel when wearing condoms. For the prevention of HIV, PrEP taken consistently and correctly is actually more effective than condom use.
That said, PrEP protects against HIV, but it does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. PrEP does not prevent pregnancy. If you have concerns about sexually transmitted infections or unintended pregnancy, the consistent and correct use of condoms (external and internal) is still a great idea.Chicago’s Free Condoms and Education Resource →
When you take PrEP, you are taking control of your sexual health, but you aren’t in it alone. PrEP is more than just a daily prescription pill; it’s a partnership with your health care provider, who is a judgment-free champion for your health.
Your health care provider will act as your advocate and be there to help you navigate your health. They can help you develop daily dosing habits and counsel you on sexual health. And they are there for regular HIV testing, screening for sexually transmitted infections, and ensuring you stay healthy while on PrEP.
There are many health care providers and clinics in Chicago and other parts of Illinois that provide high-quality, judgment-free PrEP services for all types of people.PrEP Providers in Illinois →
PrEP is covered by most insurance programs and Medicaid. The level of your coverage will vary by the type of health insurance plan you have. There are also assistance programs that can help you pay for PrEP, regardless of your citizenship status.
Your health care provider and their staff are important resources for helping you navigate your insurance coverage and assistance programs, and they will act as your advocate.
The Chicago Center for HIV Elimination operates a PrEP line to answer your questions about PrEP, insurance coverage, medication assistance programs and providers in the Chicago area.
PrEP can only be prescribed by a health care provider, so talk to yours to find out if PrEP is the right HIV prevention option for you. If you do not have a trusted health care provider, we can help you find one.PrEP Providers in Illinois →