PrEP for Trans Women


Transgender woman

              

 PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication that helps you stay HIV-negative. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is highly effective. PrEP is safe and generally well tolerated. Most insurance plans (public and private) cover PrEP.

PrEP works for women, men, people of transgender experience, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, youth, and people who inject drugs.

You can use PrEP alone or in combination with other prevention tools like condoms, PEP, and U=U to have the sex you want and reduce your chances of getting HIV!

 

It is safe to take hormones while using PrEP or PEP. Many people use Truvada as PrEP, as PEP, or as treatment for HIV, and Truvada does not reduce hormone levels. Although it's not expected that Descovy PrEP would reduce hormone levels, more research needs to be done to know for sure. Apretude PrEP (by injection) does not alter hormone levels.

Both Truvada PrEP and Descovy PrEP should be used daily until more data are known

PrEP may be an option for you if:

  • You wonder how HIV impacts your life
  • Condoms are not used with partners of unknown HIV status
  • You or your partner(s) recently had gonorrhea or syphilis
  • You want to have sex without condoms with a partner who has HIV
  • You have sex for money, food, housing, and/or drugs
  • You inject drug and share needles

These resources can help you understand PrEP and whether it’s right for you:

Search our PrEP provider directory by zip code to find a PrEP provider near you. 

Also, check out UCSF's Directory of Transgender Health Centers.

Online PrEP providers are also available.

A trained navigator can help you decide which option is right for you. Use PleasePrEPMe's search function to find a provider with navigation assistance. 

Check out our State Resources pages to find PrEP resources in your state.

 

 

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