Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the body's immune system, specifically CD4 cells (T cells), that help the immune system fight off infections. If left untreated, HIV can destroy so many T cells that the body can't fight off infections and disease. The resulting infections or infection-related cancers take advantage of the weakened immune system and lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a more serious state of HIV infection.
1 in 8 people with HIV don't know they have it. HIV testing is the only way to know your status for sure.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily pill that can reduce the risk of sexually transmitted HIV by more than 90% and injection drug HIV transmission by more than 70% when used consistently.1 PrEP must be taken daily for it to work.
1HIV PrEP and counseling is available at select Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations. PrEP prescriptions can be filled at more than 6,000 Walgreens locations and all HIV-specialized pharmacies.
PrEP is for people without HIV who are at very high risk for getting it from sex or injection drug use. The federal guidelines recommend that PrEP be considered by people who are HIV-negative and in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-positive partner.
Talk to your healthcare provider to see if PrEP is the right HIV prevention strategy for you. If you need financial assistance, our pharmacy staff can help you find copay assistance programs.
PrEP can be prescribed only by a healthcare provider, including select Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations.
At your appointment, a healthcare provider will ask about your sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk, take an exposure history, discuss HIV testing and education, and evaluate treatment options.
You must test HIV negative before beginning PrEP, with follow-up testing every 3 months while taking it.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.