WHAT IS PrEP?
"PrEP" stands for: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP medications are used BEFORE (pre) engaging in sexual intercourse or any transmittable contact with a person known or reasonably known to have HIV.
PrEP medications are known to prevent HIV transmission in over 90+% of cases when taken *correctly.
WHAT IS PEP?
"PEP" stands for: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. PEP medications are used AFTER (post) engaging in sexual intercourse or any transmittable contact with a person known or reasonably known to have HIV.
PEP medications are known to prevent or limit HIV transmission when taken *correctly. (28 day set)
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
HIV disproportionately and OVERWHELMINGLY affects BIPOC communities with Black Women representing the VAST majority of new HIV diagnoses and cases. HIV is not a "Black or White" disease, but how it's treated, like various other diseases in America, is. HIV is also not a "gay" disease, despite the overall majority cases involving male-to-male sexual contact. 6 in 10 new HIV diagnoses involve Black Women; with transmission overwhelmingly through heterosexual **sex.
*Various medications have different dosage regiments. In ALL cases, effectiveness is based upon discontinuing "at risk" behaviors.
** Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The HIV stigma is real. Culturally, it's not going away soon. However, it has lessened greatly the last few years. PrEP and PEP medications are pricey, so using the WL WELL app allows users to create an appointment quickly so they can get a valid prescription. Companies like Gilead provide options for uninsured persons to get these medications for FREE and quickly with valid prescriptions!
Unexpected unprotected sex with a person with HIV is the most common way to contract or transmit HIV. The "Heat of the Moment" gets many of us. Our Providers are waiting for you. Gilead does not market their PrEP/PEP medications as Urgent Care prescriptions, but getting last minute protection to prevent a lifetime with HIV is in fact an Urgent Care matter.
We can help. Download the WL WELL app today.