521.jpegPEP and PrEP are two critical pharmaceutical defenses in the ongoing battle against the spread of HIV. Used in different circumstances, both serve a pivotal role in preventing HIV infection, with PEP serving as an emergency intervention and PrEP as a preventative measure.

To facilitate easy access to these life-saving medications,PrEP2Me, powered by the Central Outreach Wellness Center, aims to streamline the process. PrEP2Me is an online platform dedicated to helping people get access to PrEP and PEP, providing information, resources, and support for those in need.

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Understanding PEP & PrEP

Let's break it down to the basics! PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis, and it's almost like a first aid kit that’s used after you might have been exposed to HIV. If you think you’ve come into contact with the virus, PEP is a short-term treatment that can be started within 72 hours of exposure to help prevent HIV infection.

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, and it works differently. For people who have a high HIV risk, this daily medication helps to protect them from contracting the virus even if they are exposed. Think of PrEP as the birth control pill and PEP as Plan B;  PrEP prevents HIV from taking hold in your body in the first place, while PEP acts as an emergency measure in case of exposure.

When You Need PrEP

When it comes to preventing HIV transmission, PrEP stands out as a game-changer. If you're sexually active, PrEP can be a crucial step in protecting your health. It's an especially important option for people who are at high risk of contracting HIV, such as those in serodiscordant relationships (where one partner is HIV positive and the other is not), sex workers, those who engage in unprotected sex, as well as injection drug users.

PrEP is a daily commitment, a bit like brushing your teeth or having your morning coffee. You take a pill every single day, and just like that, you're taking a huge stride in preventing HIV transmission.  And, with regular use, PrEP can reduce your risk of contracting HIV by up to 99%.

When You Need PEP

Accidents happen, and when it comes to HIV exposure, PEP is your emergency backup plan. If you think you might have been exposed to HIV, like through unprotected sex with someone whose HIV status is positive or unknown, it’s important to act fast. Remember that the effectiveness of PEP decreases the longer you wait.

PEP treatment should start within 72 hours of potential exposure, but the sooner, the better. The treatment lasts for 28 days, after which time you should also take an HIV test to confirm that the medication worked and that you did not contract the virus. Fortunately, when taken as directed, PEP is effective over 80% of the time.

Access PEP & PrEP with PrEP2Me

At PrEP2Me, we believe that safe sex is a celebration of love, joy, pleasure, and personal identity, and we’re committed to keeping it that way. That’s why we offer an effortlessly smooth pathway to help you embark on HIV prevention with PEP and PrEP medication.

For PEP, all you have to do is call our office, and we’ll make sure you have the medication you need within the 72-hour window.

For PrEP, we provide a convenient online platform where you can get the medication you need shipped directly to your door. Here's how our process works:

  1. Start with a Simple Form: You’ll share some basic info about yourself in our simple, straightforward online form (have your driver’s license ready!)
  2. At-Home Lab Kit: We'll send a lab kit right to you for STI screening. It's easy, painless, and you'll be done in less than 5 minutes!
  3. Set Up Your TelePrEP Appointment: Next, we’ll contact you to book your first telehealth appointment. Or, if you prefer face-to-face interactions, you're welcome to visit us at aCentral Outreach Wellness Center in Western PA.
  4. Medication, Direct to You: Once we have everything ready, your PrEP meds will be sent straight through to your doorstep in discreet packaging.

Making HIV prevention simple and stress-free is what PrEP2Me is all about. We're here to provide that personal touch, even online, to guide you through your prescription journey. You've got enough on your plate – HIV prevention shouldn’t add to it.

At PrEP2Me, we make it easy to get started with your PrEP prescription. Don't wait any longer to take control of your sexual health and reduce your risk of HIV. Get started with PrEP2Me today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit an urgent care clinic if I need PEP immediately?

Any licensed healthcare provider can prescribe PEP, including an urgent care clinic. However, we know that seeking treatment in a time-sensitive situation can be stressful, overwhelming, and for some, embarrassing. That's why we offer a more discreet and convenient option through PrEP2Me; just give us a call!

Do I need to be HIV-negative to use PrEP?

Yes, PrEP is intended for those who are HIV-negative and at high risk for HIV to help prevent the transmission of the virus. Before you start PrEP, you will undergo an HIV test to ensure that you're HIV-negative. Regular HIV testing is also a part of routine PrEP care.

How does PrEP prevent HIV transmission during sex?

PrEP prevents HIV transmission by blocking the virus from establishing an infection in the body. When taken daily as prescribed, PrEP maintains a certain level of medication in your blood, so if you are exposed to HIV, the medication works to protect your immune cells from the virus.

If I'm on PrEP, do I still need to use condoms during sex?

While PrEP is highly effective at reducing the risk of HIV infection, it doesn't protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition to taking PrEP, using condoms is the best way to ensure broader protection against STIs and further enhance your protection against HIV transmission.