PrEP and COVID-19
Updated August 3, 2021
Are you thinking about starting on PrEP but worried about how to pay for it? Read on!
What is PrEP?
It’s a once-a-day pill for people who do not have HIV and want added protection. PrEP is available by prescription and must be taken every day to work effectively.
While PrEP significantly reduces your chances of getting HIV, it does not protect or infections such as gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis A, or hepatitis B.
Talk to your doctor to learn if PrEP is right for you. Don’t have a doctor? Search for a clinic or provider near you.
Do the drugs used for PrEP prevent or treat COVID-19?
Currently, there is no evidence that drugs used for PrEP can treat COVID-19.
If you’re currently on PrEP, don’t stop.
If you’ve stopped taking PrEP but want to start again, you’ll need to get tested for HIV. It will also take time—roughly between a week to one month—for PrEP to reach maximum effectiveness again.
Need help paying for PrEP?
Check out the Massachusetts Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Drug Assistance Program (PrEPDAP), which can help you cover the cost of PrEP.
Need help paying for HIV, STD, or viral hepatitis testing?
Check out these programs that offer free or low-cost testing services in Massachusetts.