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PrEP stands for “pre-exposure prophylaxis.” It’s a medication that HIV-negative people can take either daily or intermittently to prevent getting infected with HIV.  

PrEP is very effective at preventing HIV if taken consistently but does not protect against other STDs.

It’s important to go to your healthcare provider every three months to check for side effects and get tested for STDs and HIV. In the US, you can find PrEP at


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