PrEP to Prevent HIV
Individuals who are HIV negative can take a daily pill to reduce their risk of getting HIV. It’s called PrEP!
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is highly effective for preventing HIV.
Studies show that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken as prescribed. Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken as prescribed.
PrEP takes about 1–3 weeks to reach the highest levels of protection.
In the Greater Cincinnati tristate region, those who are at highest risk of HIV exposure include:
Currently, Truvada® and Descovy® are the only FDA-approved drugs for PrEP. Most private health insurance and Medicaid plans cover PrEP.
- Gay and bisexual men
- People who inject drugs
- Transgender women
- Women of color
- People who trade sex for money or other things
How to get PrEP
We can help you! PrEP is available by prescription from doctors, nurse practitioners, and/or physician assistants. Our PrEP health navigators can help you navigate the process and pay for PrEP-related medical costs if you are eligible. All our navigation services are FREE.
Caracole is an Ohio PAPI provider.
PAPI, or Prevention Assistance Program Interventions, is an Ohio program that pays for PrEP-related medical costs, like co-pays, doctor visits and health insurance premiums.
To enroll, you must:
*500% of the Federal Poverty Level for a household of one; amount is different for those who have children or more members in the household
- Be HIV-negative
- Live in Ohio
- Make below $62,400*
You will need some documentation and paperwork that is necessary to enroll in the program. Our PrEP health navigators take care of the rest!
Not an Ohio resident?
Visit ohiv.org/prepconnect to connect with a PrEP navigator in your state today!
PEP for Emergencies
If you've had exposure to HIV in the last 3 days, you might consider PEP to stop the infection.
PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is a short course of medicines taken very soon after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent the virus from taking hold in your body.
PEP should be used only in emergency situations. It is not meant for regular use by people who may be exposed to HIV frequently.
You must start PEP within 72 hours after you were exposed to HIV, or it won’t work. Every hour counts.
What to do if exposed to HIV
If you are HIV-negative and you think you may have been recently exposed to HIV, contact your health care provider immediately or go to an emergency room right away.
Your health care provider or emergency room doctor will evaluate you and help you decide whether PEP is right for you.
You may be prescribed PEP if you are HIV-negative or don’t know your HIV status, and in the last 72 hours you:
- Were sexually assaulted
- Shared needles or works to prepare drugs
- Think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex, e.g., you had a condom break
- Think you may have been exposed to HIV as a health care worker, e.g., a needle stick injury
Where to get PEP
Caracole can not prescribe PEP medication. We suggest that you go to an emergency room to acquire PEP medication and talk to a doctor.
For more information regarding PEP, check out HIV.gov.
Reach out to learn more:
Call/text 513.334.6382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PrEP Health Navigator
PrEP Health Navigator
Education, Outreach and Testing Manager