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HIV PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis)

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a designed to help people stay HIV negative. It can be used by people who do not have HIV but who are at risk of getting it by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used to prevent HIV infection. These drugs are used as part of combination therapy to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing infection.

When taken daily, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.

PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used by itself. People who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.

PrEP at Johns Hopkins Bayview:
At Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center we are committed to providing PrEP as part of a package of measures designed to enhance sexual health. We offer an expert, discrete, compassionate and non-judgmental service to all and are very positive about the benefits that PrEP can offer. We are a team of infectious diseases clinicians with a specialist interest in all aspects of HIV care and prevention as well as the care of all other sexually transmitted infections.

Our specialist PrEP program runs on a Tuesday afternoon at Bayview Medical Center, Outpatient Clinic 6. If you are a patient and would like to be seen please ask your provider to complete the referral form below.

If you are a provider please complete the referral form and send it to us at the fax or email address listed. For the dedicated PrEP clinic please mark the referral for Dr. Matthew Hamill Tuesday afternoon clinic at Bayview Medical Center.

PrEP/HIV Pre Exposure Prophylaxis Consultation Referral Form (pdf) »

Fax: (410) 550-1169



Useful facts and information about PrEP in Maryland

CDC guidance on PrEP
Safer Sex information