PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prevention method used by people who are HIV-negative. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medications continuously work to prevent HIV infection. PrEP is meant to be taken every day for however long the individual wants this extra layer of protection from HIV. PrEP is only offered as a prescription, but individuals can cease their PrEP regimen or reengage whenever they find it necessary. Along with condoms, PrEP is effective against HIV but will not protect against other STIs like syphilis and gonorrhea.
Is PrEP right for me?
PrEP may be right for you if:
You are a man who has sex with men (MSM) and
If you inject drugs and
You are transgender and
The Sexual Health Team at Fenway Health now offers a same-day PrEP program. This program is unique in that participants will work with a trained Health Navigator who will assist with scheduling, insurance navigation, transportation and any other barriers one may face when accessing PrEP. Eligible participants who are enrolled into the program receive a 10 day supply of PrEP on their initial visit and receive the remaining 90 day supply during their follow-up visit that occurs 4 to 7 days after. While receiving a same-day PrEP prescription in not guaranteed, most enrolled in the program do receive their prescription on the same day. Participants must first see a provider at Fenway Health to confirm program eligibility.
Same-day PrEP is offered Monday – Thursday at Fenway Health’s 1340 Boylston Street location from 9am to 4pm.