PrEP (“Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis”)
PrEP (or HIV-PrEP) stands for “Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis” and is a preventative measure prior to a risky contact. With this protection method, an HIV-negative person takes a certain HIV medication to protect themselves against becoming infected with HIV.
The effectiveness of PrEP (which is made up of the medication Truvada) has been proven among gay men with a high risk of contracting HIV. In this group, PrEP provides as much protection against HIV as condoms.
PrEP also provides reliable protection for women. But it takes longer for them to build up a level of protection, therefore taking it regularly is even more important for women than for men.
With this method, it is important to have the support of a doctor and to be tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases on a regular basis.
PrEP is not paid for by health insurance companies in Germany.
PrEP does not provide protection against other sexually transmitted diseases.
Information on PrEP is provided by counseling services for gay people and “checkpoints”, prevention projects, HIV/AIDS service organizations and some specialised HIV doctors' practices.