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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

​Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods. 

What is PrEP? 

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or "PrEP" is an HIV prevention option for people who do not have HIV but are at high risk of getting it. PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed (one pill a day). Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods. ​
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Read the CDC overview PrEP basics for more information. 

How can I get PrEP?  

  • If you have health insurance and have a healthcare provider, talk to your doctor to find out if PrEP is for you.
  • If you have health insurance and need to find a PrEP provider, visit PleasePrEPme.org​ to find a provider near you.
  • If you do not have health insurance, contact Santa Clara County PrEP Navigation Services line for assistance at (408) 792-3750 or at  GettingToZeroSCC@phd.sccgov.org
  • If you have any questions, contact Santa Clara County PrEP Navigation Services line for assistance at (408) 792-3750 or at GettingToZeroSCC@phd.sccgov.org. We are always glad to assist you during regular working hours.  
​​We offer free and confidential services including:  
  • PrEP/PEP counseling and navigation services 
  • Support to start PrEP 
  • Linkage to a primary care provider if needed 
  • Assistance in accessing programs that help cover the cost of medication partially or in full 
  • Referrals 

PrEP/PEP Navigation Services available to you  

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 all PrEP Navigation Services are conducted remotely via telephone. If you are interested on PrEP please contact us by email at GettingToZeroSCC@phd.sccgov.org or call us at (408)792-3750 and leave a message. We will get in touch with you to assist you with your PrEP needs. 

What is PEP?

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is an HIV prevention option that should be used only in emergency situations.  PEP must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV.  If you think you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, go to the nearest Urgent Care facility or Emergency Room for assistance.

Safer Sex and COVID-19?

During this extended publich health emergency, we recommend residents to stay home as much as possible to minimize contact wtih others and reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, sex is a normal part of life and should always be with consent of all parties. We offer you some information that can help reduce the risk to yourself, your partners, and our community. Check out the Safer Sex and  COVID-19 guide.

For resources and to learn more about PrEP/PEP visit PrEPisLiberating.org 

Sources: AIDS.gov (including images); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  


Crane Center
976 Lenzen Avenue
Ste 1800
San Jose, CA 95126
 
Phone: (408) 792-3720
Fax: (408) 792-3721
Email: cranecenter@phd.sccgov.org   

Last updated: 1/19/2021 2:30 PM