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What should I ask my doctor about PrEP?

If you are HIV negative but you're worried you may become positive, talk to your doctor about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). Here are some important questions to ask during your appointment:

  • Am I a good candidate for PrEP?
  • What other ways can I lower my risk of getting HIV infection?
  • How effective would PrEP be at reducing my risk of HIV infection?
  • Does PrEP have any side effects?
  • Can you prescribe it for me here?
  • Are there ways I can get help paying for PrEP?
  • Are you willing to prescribe and manage PrEP for me?
  • How often will I need to be tested for HIV and other STDs?

In addition, women may also want to know:

  • Can PrEP help me get pregnant safely if my partner has HIV?
  • Can I take PrEP if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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