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What Is PrEP/PEP?

What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.

Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.

Source: CDC - HIV/AIDS - Prep and PrEP 101 (CDC)

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Alabama Agencies Providing PrEP

PrEP AdvertisementThe 1917 Clinic at UAB
Dewberry Building - 2nd Floor
3220 5th Ave. S
Birmingham AL 35222
(205) 934-1917

AIDS Alabama
The Living Well PrEP Clinic at The Hub
3522 7th Ave South
Birmingham, AL
(205) 324-9822

AIDS Alabama South
SHELL Health Services
4321 Downtowner Loop North
Mobile, AL 36609
(251) 471-5277

Birmingham AIDS Outreach
205 32nd Street S
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: (205) 322-4197

Five Horizons Health Services
2720 6th St.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: (205) 759-8470

Five Horizons Montgomery
2900 McGehee Road, Ste. B
Montgomery, AL 36111
Phone: (334) 280-3349

Health Services Center - Alex City Clinic
218 S Central Ave
Alexander City, AL 35010
(Tallapoosa County/East Central District/NE of Elmore)
(256) 234-3346

Health Services Center
608 Martin Luther King Drive
Anniston, AL 36201
(Calhoun County/Northeastern District/E of Jefferson)
Phone: (256) 832-0100

Jefferson County Department of Health
1400 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: (205) 588-5234
Phone: (205) 930-1129

Jefferson County Department of Health- Specialty Clinic
1400 6th Ave S
Specialty Clinic
Lower Level
(205) 588-5234

Magic City Wellness Center
3220 5th Ave S Ste 100
Birmingham AL 35233
(205) 877-8677

Thrive Alabama
112 S Pine St SW, Ste 202
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-0492
(Lauderdale County/Northern District/W of Huntsville)

Thrive Alabama - Huntsville Clinic
600 St. Clair Ave., Building 3
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 536-4700

UAB - The Adolescent Health Center
1600 5th Ave. S., Suite G 20
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 638-9231

UAB Family Clinic
1600 5th Ave. S. CPP Suite G20
Birmingham, AL 35233-1711
(205) 934-8658
*NOTE: PrEP services provided to those 25 years old and younger only

UAB Student Health & Wellness Center
Meghan Whitfield
1714 9th Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35294
(205) 934-3580

Whatley Health Services
2731 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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What is PEP?

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.

PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. If you think you've recently been exposed to HIV during sex or through sharing needles and works to prepare drugs, or if you've been sexually assaulted, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.

Source: CDC-HIV/AIDS-PEP and PEP 101 (CDC)

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Page last updated: May 21, 2024