PrEP Clinic Opening April 2021
Connect with UNIFIED to see if PrEP is a good option for you!
Schedule your appointment and start the discussion to determine if PrEP is the right prevention option for you. You will work with trained staff to obtain your prescription and coorindate follow up care, referral and STI testing appointments.
1ST and 3RD Wednesdays
3968 Mt. Elliott
Detroit, MI 48207
Do The Following Apply To You?
If so, contact us to schedule your appointment.
ONE PILL A DAY CAN PROTECT YOU FROM HIV
What is PrEP?
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV.
Are there different types of PrEP?
There are two medications approved for use as PrEP: Truvada® and Descovy®.
- Truvada is for all people at risk through sex or injection drug use.
- Descovy is for people at risk through sex, except for people assigned female at birth who are at risk of getting HIV from vaginal sex.
Is PrEP right for me?
PrEP may be right for you if you test negative for HIV, and any of the following apply to you:
You have had anal or vaginal sex in the past 6 months and you
- have a sexual partner with HIV (especially if the partner has an unknown or detectable viral load),
- have not consistently used a condom, or
- have been diagnosed with an STD in the past 6 months.
You inject drugs and you
- have an injection partner with HIV, or
- share needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs (for example, cookers).
You have been prescribed PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) and you
- report continued risk behavior, or
- have used multiple courses of PEP.
If you are a woman and have a partner with HIV and are considering getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about PrEP if you’re not already taking it. PrEP may be an option to help protect you and your baby from getting HIV while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.
Can adolescents take PrEP?
Yes. PrEP is approved for use by adolescents without HIV who weigh at least 75 pounds (35 kg) and who are at risk for getting HIV from sex or injection drug use.
Is PrEP safe?
- PrEP is safe but some people experience side effects like diarrhea, nausea, headache, fatigue, and stomach pain. These side effects usually go away over time.
- Tell your health care provider about any side effects that are severe or do not go away.
How effective is PrEP?
PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV.
- PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken as prescribed.
- Although there is less information about how effective PrEP is among people who inject drugs, we do know that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken as prescribed.
- PrEP is much less effective when it is not taken as prescribed.
How long do I have to take PrEP before it is highly effective?
- PrEP reaches maximum protection from HIV for receptive anal sex (bottoming) at about 7 days of daily use.
- For receptive vaginal sex and injection drug use, PrEP reaches maximum protection at about 21 days of daily use.
- No data are available for insertive anal sex (topping) or insertive vaginal sex.
- UNIFIED will be able to help with securing insurance for those who have little or no health insurance.
- If you choose PrEP as an option, additional testing for HIV, STIs and side effects is recommended every 3 months.
PrEP does not protect against STIs, like gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis, and does not prevent pregnancy. If condoms work for you and your partner, it's recommended as an additional prevention method.