East Bay Getting to Zero

HOW DO I GET ON PREP or PEP?

Choose where you want to get PrEP:

  • I want to get PrEP by…
  • Going to a medical provider a clinic
    • Find your nearest PrEP Provider here
  • Going to a pharmacist at a pharmacy
    • Coming soon to Walgreens Community Pharmacy in Oakland. Call for info at 510-285-0213.
  • Having a video visit with a tele-health PrEP service:
  • Get an HIV test and Prescription Same-Day!
    • Tell them you want to start PrEP when you make the appointment.
    • At the visit, your provider will ask:
      • if you might have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours. (In that case, you would need PEP instead (see below).
      • if you have had flu-like symptoms in the past 4-6 weeks (which can actually be HIV symptoms if you were exposed to HIV during that time.)
      • if you have ever been told that you have kidney problems or hepatitis b infection. (You can still get PrEP, but they will need more information first.)
  • Your provider will do a rapid HIV test. It will probably be with a fingerstick but it may be a mouth swab.
Your provider will do a rapid HIV test. It will probably be with a fingerstick but it may be a mouth swab.
  • Get your PrEP! 

If the HIV test is negative and your provider doesn’t have any medical concerns, you can get your PrEP that day! They might write you a prescription to get from a pharmacy or give you a bottle of PrEP to take home with you.

  • Choose how you want to take PrEP. Your prescription will be for 30 pills to last 30 days. 
    • If anal sex is the only way you might get exposed to HIV, you have a few options: 
  • Get F/TDF 
    • & start taking one pill a day every day – you will be protected from HIV after 7 days
    • OR start with 2 pills on the first day, then one pill every day – you will be protected in 24 hours
    • OR use 2-1-1 dosing only when you are going to have sex – you will be protected between 2-24 hours before you have sex as long as you remember your doses after sex too!
  • Get F/TAF
    • & start taking one pill a day every day – you will be protected from HIV after 7 days
  • If you have vaginal/front hole sex or share injection equipment, you will need to take F/TDF daily. 
  • Get the rest of your PrEP labs done. 

There are a few other tests your provider will order, and you will need to get them done within about 7 days of your visit to make sure you are ok to continue taking PrEP.

  1. Make a plan for getting refills
    • Pick up from a pharmacy
    • Pick it up from your clinic
    • Get it delivered by mail (ask your pharmacy if they offer this)
    • Get if delivered by a driver (check out Alto Pharmacy for this option)
  2. Make a plan for follow up visits – talk with your provider about when you should come back for another appointment (usually in 1-3 months); ask about doing a video/phone visit in the future if that’s easier for you. 

Coming Soon: Get a Free PrEP Lab kit sent to your home through Take Me Home

Choose where you want to get PEP:

If you have been exposed to HIV through sex or needles in the past 3 days, you can get a medication to prevent getting HIV. This is urgent (the sooner, the better!) so find the nearest available PEP provider and follow these steps:

  1. Find your nearest PEP provider
  1. Call the number directly (to avoid any delays) and say “I might have been exposed to HIV and I am looking for PEP.”
  1. Follow their directions for an appointment – if they can’t get you an appointment within 3 days of when you were exposed, go to the nearest emergency room instead. 
  1. Get an HIV test, PEP labs, and Prescription for PEP same-day
  1. Pick up your PEP bottle that day
  1. Talk about a plan for starting PrEP as soon as you finish PEP
  2. Go to your follow up visit after you finished PEP to recheck labs and start PrEP