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What is PrEP?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) refers to the daily use of antiretroviral medication by people who are HIV-Negative but at risk of infection. It is a daily medication that will lower an individual's chance of getting HIV if they are exposed.

Who is PrEP for ?

PrEP should be considered for people who are HIV-Negative and at significant risk of acquiring HIV infection. These include: Men who have sex with men (MSM), Transgender Woman (TG) and Sero-discordant couples, especially women who are experiencing domestic and sexual abuse.

Is PrEP safe?

PrEP is very safe, with no side effects for 90% of users. About 10% of people who start PrEP will have some short-term, mild side effects. These may include: diarrhea, nausea, decreased appetite, skin rash, dizziness and headaches.

Who is PrEP for?

PrEP is primarily intended for people who are HIV negative and at significant risk of acquiring HIV infection. Based on studies from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these groups include:  

  • Engage in condom-less anal sex outside of a mutually monogamous relationship with an HIV-negative sexual partner, or  
  • Have multiple sex partners
  • Have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the last 6 months,
  • Have been give post exposure prophylaxis more than once in the past 6 months.
  • A serodiscordant relationship, also known as mixed-status, is one where one partner is infected by HIV and the other is not. PrEP
    provides an additional barrier of protection. 

  • The HIV positivity rate among the transgender community in Jamaica stands at over 51%.  Many trans women are victims of intimate partner violence and are not comfortable
    accessing public healthcare due to the stigma and discrimination they may encounter. 

  • Research has established a strong relationship between violence and HIV as women who are in abusive relationships are often unable to negotiate condom use, when, where and how they have sex. As a result, they are predisposed to HIV exposure.