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PrEP/ PEP services offered nationwide

Astounding advancements in HIV treatment and prevention mean that you have more options than ever before in remaining healthy and disease-free. PrEP and PEP are great examples and among the treatments available from Horseshoe Healthcare. To explore in more detail, schedule a visit by booking online today. 


What is PrEP and PEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) are prevention methods that reduce your risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); this is the disease that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). 

While impressive advancements in HIV treatment have occured in recent years, prevention remains the safest course of action. PrEP and PEP help you lessen your personal risk level, giving you more control over your health and wellness. 

This type of drug therapy works by preventing HIV from quickly multiplying and thriving within your body. The medication relies on an enzyme that HIV uses to reproduce, blocking that enzyme effectively blocks HIV from developing to dangerous levels where it’s easy to transmit the disease to others. 

Who is a good fit for PrEP and PEP treatment?

Your practitioner works with you to learn more about your health, lifestyle and needs in order to help you find the best treatment approach. Both PrEP and PEP are a good fit for people with a high risk of contracting HIV, but who are currently negative for the disease. 

If any of the following apply, you might benefit from learning more about PrEP and PEP:

  • You use shared needles or other drug preparation equipment
  • You’ve had unprotected sex with someone who has HIV
  • You’ve had unprotected sex with a person who does not know their HIV status
  • You’ve contracted another sexually transmitted disease within the previous six months

Speak with your practitioner if you’d like to explore these prevention options in more detail. 

How do I get started with PrEP and PEP?

Your practitioner guides you toward the preventive measures that offer the best fit for your needs. Lab testing is required prior to starting medication and routinely throughout your treatment. PrEP is a good fit for people who engage in ongoing behaviors that create a high risk of transmitting HIV. PEP is a good option to reduce your risk after an experience that leaves you at risk of infection. 

Your practitioner explains which medications play a part in your PrEP and PEP treatment. You’ll learn what side effects are possible and how to take additional steps to lower your risk levels. Today’s options for preventing HIV have helped many people live long and healthy lives, so if you fall into a high risk category, you owe it to yourself to learn more. When you’re ready, booking a telehealth visit is as simple as a quick visit to the online scheduling page.