PrEP Specialist

Apex Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Wellness Center located in Denver, CO

At APEX Family Medicine, your sexual health is a major priority. The entire staff is dedicated to treating patients across the Denver, Colorado, area with safe and effective treatments to ensure their sexual health is in great condition. Compassionate services help patients feel comfortable discussing and treating their sexual health. APEX Family Medicine provides treatments such as PrEP, or the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis treatment, which helps patients put up a defense against one of the most life-threatening STDs, HIV. To learn more, call today or schedule an appointment online.

PrEP Q & A

What is PrEP?

PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, is an HIV prevention treatment designed to help the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus. This treatment is all-encompassing. With PrEP, you’ll receive:

  • Safer sex counseling
  • Supply of condoms and lubrication
  • Screenings, tests, and treatments for STDs
  • Medication for HIV prevention
  • Drug counseling
  • Clean syringes for injection drug users

These treatments can help you live a healthier life free of HIV. The doctors at APEX Family Medicine can prescribe Truvada, a daily pill that can prevent HIV from taking hold if you are exposed to the virus. This pill can be administered by a doctor at APEX Family Medicine and requires a three-month checkup. It is important to note that this pill does not replace safe sex practices, such as condoms. Combined with condom use, Truvada will help you stay HIV-negative.

Who should take Truvada?

PrEP includes a daily pill called Truvada. This preventive HIV medication can be a great option for those more likely to be exposed to the virus. This is most beneficial for men who have sex with men; if you have a partner that is HIV-positive; if you’re a transgender woman who has sex with men; or you use injection drugs.

Even with condom use, those who fall under these categories are still at risk of becoming HIV-positive. With PrEP, you can lower your chances and stay HIV-negative, ensuring a long, healthy life.

Are there risks associated with PrEP?

All medications come with potential side effects, but PrEP and Truvada have proven to be safe and effective for over 10 years. This is one of the most effective HIV prevention methods available today and is one of the least invasive forms of treatment for this virus.

Truvada can cause a few side effects that are important to note. Let your doctor at APEX Family Medicine know if you experience any of the following when taking Truvada:

  • Headaches
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Excessive weight loss

When taking Truvada, the medical team requires a three-month check-in to determine whether the medication is keeping you protected. During these checkups, you discuss any new changes in your sex life and your experience with the pill. Your doctor helps make the appropriate adjustments to ensure you are comfortable and properly protected from HIV at all times.

If you have been exposed to HIV and you’re looking for prevention help, PrEP is a great choice. The doctors at APEX Family Medicine will help you better understand your options and get the most effective preventive treatment for your needs. To learn more about PrEP, call today or schedule an appointment online.