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PrEP SquadWhat is PrEP?

“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. PrEP is a method of HIV prevention available to all people who are HIV-negative. PrEP is an antiretroviral medication also known as Truvada. PrEP is only available with a doctor’s prescription and is covered by most insurances.

  • PrEP when taken daily has an estimated 92 to over 99% efficacy rate.
  • PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted diseases and only offers protection against HIV transmission.
  • PrEP reaches maximum protection in blood and vaginal tissues after 20 days.
  • PrEP reaches maximum protection in rectal tissue after 7 days of continuous use.
  • PrEP is not a vaccine.

Side effects / Healthcare

  • Some people may experience upset stomach, headache or loss of appetite. These side effects are mild and usually disappear within the first month of taking PrEP.
  • People who use PrEP will have to return to their health care provider every 3 months to repeat an HIV test, prescription refills, and follow-up examinations.

Consult your healthcare provider to see if PrEP is right for you.

TEC PrEP Navigation Program

What is PEP?

“PEP” stands for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. PEP is taken after possible exposure to HIV is suspected and is used as an emergency preventative method against contracting HIV. PEP must be taken within 72 hours of possible exposure and is taken every day for 28 days.

PEP is not guaranteed to prevent HIV transmission after exposure, but it can greatly reduce the possible risk of infection.

For more information on PrEP in NC:

TEC also offers education on PrEP presentation for individuals, groups and organizations/providers as part of our interventions. For information about PrEP Navigation, education, becoming a PrEP Navigator, or assistance with getting PrEP, please contact TEC at 800-806-3558 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..