We are committed to providing PrEP services in a compassionate, non-judgmental atmosphere.
PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It’s a daily pill that can help prevent HIV. If you don’t have HIV, taking PrEP every day can lower your chances of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. PrEP is also known by the brand names Truvada or Descovy.
PrEP is for people who may be at risk for contracting HIV. Once you're on PrEP, you return to the clinic every 3 months for an HIV test and to discuss any side effects you may be having. At these visits, you may also get further lab work completed to make sure your kidneys are functioning properly. HIV tests are always free at Canopy. It’s really important to go to these follow-up appointments to make sure you’re healthy and HIV-free. It’s really unlikely you’ll get HIV if you’re using PrEP consistently. But if you do happen to get HIV while using PrEP, it’s important for your health to stop using PrEP right away. PrEP is not a treatment for HIV — in fact, taking PrEP when you have HIV can actually make the virus harder to treat.
Most insurance plans cover the cost of PrEP. If you are uninsured or have a health plan that does not cover the cost of PrEP, we can help direct you to resources that cover the cost of the medication. Ready, Set, PrEP, is a is a nationwide program that makes PrEP medications available at no cost to individuals who lack prescription drug coverage. Gilead, the pharmaceutical company that makes PrEP, also has a patient assistance program.