HIV prevention is within your reach. Let us help guide you through your options
56% of new HIV cases in RI were among gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men.
PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken as prescribed.
Short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, PrEP is a medication that is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. Open Door Health is proud to operate one of the state’s largest PrEP programs, helping to lead the effort to prevent new HIV infections.
Your risk factors of HIV infection should be assessed by a qualified healthcare professional such as our team. Call us today to discuss what makes the most sense for you.
PrEP is most commonly prescribed as a once-daily medication. When taken as prescribed, PrEP helps stop the HIV virus from replicating in your body, creating a defense against HIV infection. PrEP is both safe and effective; reducing the risk of HIV infection by up to 99%.
You should consider daily PrEP if you:
Engage in or want to engage in non-monogamous sex with a partner/partners who doesn’t know their HIV status
Have had an STI in the last six months or last year
Inject substances and share injection equipment
PrEP “On Demand” (2:1:1 PrEP)
PrEP on-demand, often referred to as 2-1-1 PrEP, is an alternative option for people who do not wish to take PrEP daily. This approach requires you take two pills within the 2-to-24 hour period before you plan to have sex followed by one pill 24 hours after the first two pills, and one more pill 24 hours after the third pill.
It may be the right option for you if you don’t want to take a pill everyday. If cost is your concern, contact our team who will help you navigate coverage option.
Paying for PrEP
Our team is here to help you navigate the insurance and payment challenges; don’t let insurance or payment be the thing that stops you from taking PrEP.
PEP, short for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, is a way to stop HIV infection after a possible exposure. Our team can prescribe you PEP if necessary. You must start taking PEP within 72 hours after the exposure; do not delay calling our office to speak to a provider if you are at risk.
You should consider PEP if:
You had unprotected sex with someone who is living with HIV
You had unprotected sex with someone who’s HIV status is unknown
A condom broke during sex
You shared a syringe with someone to inject drugs or hormones