We’re here for you! Our team can offer education about PrEP and ensure that starting PrEP is as easy as possible.
It can be hard to talk about your sexual health. At Sun River Health, our inclusive and LGBTQIA+ affirming staff are here to listen and help you get the care you need.
Most patients pay $0 out of pocket, even if they have health insurance. We’ll work with you to find the lowest cost option for PrEP available.
Fill out a short form.
Please answer a few simple questions and submit your information for our team to review.
Get a call from a member of our team.
A member of our team will reach out with more information about PrEP and discuss if PrEP is right for you.
You’ll be set up with an appointment to start PrEP at one of our convenient locations.
What Patients Are Saying
“In a positive manner it made me be more considerate and responsible to take care of myself and others. It’s a great treatment and I hope that the people who don’t have a stable partner consider taking it.”
—Sarah Sun River Health PrEP patient
Frequently Asked Questions
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is an FDA-approved once-a-day pill that can help you stay HIV-negative.
It takes a few days for HIV to become established in the body following exposure. When taken as prescribed, PrEP blocks the virus from making copies of itself and spreading throughout the body.
When taken as prescribed, PrEP is more than 99% effective against contracting HIV. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken daily.
PrEP should be taken once every day, ideally at the same time of day. Taking PrEP daily is essential to maintaining its effectiveness.
For anal sex, it takes at least seven days of daily use for PrEP to become fully effective. For vaginal sex, it takes at least 20 days of daily use.
PrEP is very safe. The medicines in PrEP have been used to treat people living with HIV since 2004. PrEP can cause mild side effects, including upset stomach, headaches, and weight loss, especially when you first start taking it. These side effects usually go away within the first month. Rare side effects include kidney or bone problems. Let our staff know if you are concerned about or experience any of these side effects.
While PrEP does not protect against other STIs or unwanted pregnancy, it can be paired with condoms and other prevention strategies for additional protection. It’s also important to remember that STIs remain relatively easy to treat and cure in the United States.
While more research is needed, PrEP appears to work for those taking gender-affirming hormones.
No. With guidance from your doctor, you can safely start and stop taking PrEP at different points. However, any time you start PrEP, it is essential to remember that it generally takes at least 7-22 days of daily use to reach full effectiveness. Be sure to consult your health care provider before starting or ending a PrEP regimen.
Only a medical provider can help you answer that question for sure. Generally, PrEP is right for anyone who has an increased risk of contracting HIV, including anyone in an ongoing relationship with a person living with HIV, anyone who does not consistently use a condom, and anyone who shares injection drug or hormone equipment. Studies have shown that PrEP can be beneficial for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.