STAY HIV-NEGATIVE BY PROTECTING YOURSELF.
VISIT THE DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH’S FREE PREP CLINIC!
Address: T.O. Vinson Health Center, 440 Winn Way, Decatur, Ga. 30030
Phone Number: (404) 508-7764 or (470) 457-2916
Same-Day Appointments: Mondays – Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Advance Appointments: Fridays
What is PrEP?
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily pill that reduces your risk of getting HIV. Protect your future, take your life into your own hands, and be proactive to reduce your chance of getting HIV by taking PrEP.
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.
How does PrEP work?
To use PrEP, people who do not have HIV will take a daily pill to protect their bodies from HIV during sex or using needles.
Do I have to take PrEP daily for it to work?
Yes! It is important to take PrEP daily if you have unprotected sex.
Can I take PrEP with vitamins, recreational or prescription drugs?
Yes! Alcohol, vitamins, prescription drugs, and recreational drugs are not known to interact with PrEP. It is safe to take PrEP before, after, and on days when you are partying.
What happens if I start or stop taking PrEP?
PrEP only works once it builds up in your system. PrEP can safely be stopped and restarted without any resistance building up to the medication. However, try not to skip doses for maximum protection.
Can I take PrEP after exposure to someone living with HIV?
Cis-gender (birth sex) men PrEP should continue taking PrEP medication for at least two days after possible exposure.
Does PrEP have side effects?
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.
Where can I get more information about PrEP?
Call (404) 508-7764 or (470) 457-2916 for more information.