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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a daily medication (Truvada or Descovy) that can reduce your chances of getting HIV. PrEP is taken once daily as an oral pill and works best when taken consistently at the same time each day.

When taken as directed, PrEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV through sex by more than 99% and can reduce the risk of getting HIV among people who inject drugs by up to 74%.

PrEP is one more way you can reduce your risk of HIV along with talking to your partners about your status and consistently using condoms and lubricant. PrEP does not provide protection against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. Taking PrEP means you must be seen by a medical provider every three months to test for HIV and other STIs.

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For Consumers

Getting Started

We recognize that getting PrEP and PEP might feel overwhelming. That’s why no matter where you live in Oregon, there are professional Navigators who are ready to assist you. PrEP and PEP Navigators are available to help you learn whether PrEP or PEP is right for you, and if so, how to get, pay for and use the medication.

Find a PrEP or PEP Navigator


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Find a PrEP Provider

Curious to see if there is a PrEP provider near you? Visit the Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center PrEP Provider List.

How Will I Pay for PrEP?

If you have the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), the labs and medication costs are covered completely. Costs for PrEP will vary with other insurance plans. Your PrEP Navigator can assist you with signing up for insurance and co-pay assistance programs offered by the manufacturer of PrEP.

Ready, Set, PrEP 

The Ready, Set, PrEP program is also a resource for individuals who have obtained a prescription for PrEP, but who do not have prescription drug coverage. If you receive PrEP through this program, you will not have to pay for your medication. 

For Providers

Overview of Pharmacist Prescribed PrEP and PEP in Oregon

Want to be added to the PrEP Provider List?

Contact Oregon AETC if you are a prescribing clinician in Oregon or Washington and wish to be added to the Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center’s PrEP Provider List

Medication Information

PrEP Data and Reports

Experiences of PrEP Use among People Recently Diagnosed with HIV in Oregon, 2016-2019 (pdf)

This special surveillance report, published May 2020, compiles descriptive information on people newly diagnosed with HIV who reported a history of taking PrEP. The information is intended to be used to improve PrEP services in Oregon.

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is an emergency 28-day course of medication a person can take after potential exposure to HIV.

PEP is effective in preventing HIV when administered correctly, but not 100%.

PEP must be started no later than 72 hours (3 days) after the potential exposure.

If you are concerned you have been exposed to HIV, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room physician – the sooner the better. 

Recommendations from Dr. Tim Menza for Oregon emergency medicine and urgent care providers on usage of PEP (pdf). Patients can bring this letter to care facilities to expedite the process of accessing PEP.

Learn more about PEP

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