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HIV Testing & Prevention

What is HIV PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a way for at-risk people who do not have HIV to reduce HIV risk and prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.1 PrEP can help prevent HIV infection by more than

90 percent
from sexual transmission1,2

70 percent
from injectable drug transmission1,2
People with HIV
1 in 7 people with HIV don't know they have it3

Even if you previously tested negative, HIV tests may need to be repeated every
People with HIV

Walgreens Healthcare Clinic providers are trained to provide HIV testing, consultation & prevention services. Clinics are open evenings and weekends, so you can get tested when your schedule allows. Appointments and results are always confidential.

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Should I take HIV PrEP?

You should consider HIV PrEP if you have any of these risk factors:4

  • Unprotected sex with one or more than one partner
  • History of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Sex with an HIV-positive partner
  • Shared needles and injected drugs
  • Live in a high-prevalence area or network

You must test HIV negative before beginning PrEP, with follow-up testing every 3 months while taking it.

Do I need HIV PrEP if I use condoms?

When used together, PrEP medication and condoms help reduce the risk of HIV and STIs.

How much does HIV PrEP cost?

Prices vary depending on your prescription coverage. If you need financial assistance, our pharmacy staff can help you find copay assistance programs.

What to expect at your HIV screening appointment

Your first Walgreens Healthcare Clinic appointment ($55-149) will include:5

  • Questions about your exposure risk and history
  • HIV and STI education and treatment options
  • PrEP information
  • Rapid HIV test
  • Discussion of possible PrEP side effects

Your second appointment ($35) will include:5

  • Lab result review
  • Confirmation of PrEP eligibility
  • 60-day PrEP prescription, if necessary

If HIV test results are positive, a confirmation blood test may be required.

Follow-up visits ($55) will be scheduled every 3 months and include HIV rapid tests, counseling and confirmation of PrEP eligibility.5

Appointments and results are always confidential. Learn more about PrEP at a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic near you.5,6

Additional resources

STI testing & treatment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV PrEP info

Walgreens HIV Medications and Financial Assistance

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  • 1 "HIV / AIDS Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)," The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 12, 2018, https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/prep/index.html.
  • 2 When PrEP is used consistently
  • 3 "HIV / AIDS Basic Statistics," The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, December 18, 2017, https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/statistics.html.
  • 4 "How can I prevent HIV?" Planned Parenthood, https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/hiv-aids/how-can-i-prevent-hiv.
  • 5 Additional costs for medication and lab testing
  • 6 Patients have a choice in pharmacy
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