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What should women know about PrEP?

PrEP is about empowerment. PrEP is under YOUR CONTROL – you don't have to tell your partner (or anyone else). Cis-gender women who have vaginal intercourse can consider daily PrEP with Truvada. If you'd like to talk with a health care provider or counselor about PrEP, check out the Department of Health PrEP Provider Directory or talk with your own health care provider.

PrEP and Women's Health Care

As a woman, you have special health care needs such as family planning/birth control, regular breast exams and PAP smears. You can talk about PrEP with any of your health care providers. Since PrEP involves medical appointments, it may be more convenient if you get PrEP from a health care provider you already see.

PrEP and Pregnancy

If you are seeking to become pregnant with someone who is living with HIV, PrEP can protect you from HIV exposure during sex when trying to become pregnant. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breastfeeding, talk with your health care provider about whether PrEP is right for you.

PrEP is an option if you are someone who trades sex for something you need (housing, drugs, money).

If you are afraid of your intimate partner, and negotiating sex may be difficult, PrEP is a way to take control of your sexual health. If you've experienced domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). All calls are free and confidential.


Consider this resource for women: PrEP is a Pill to Prevent HIV.