Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that can prevent HIV infection in high-risk individuals. The pill is a formulation of the antiretrovirals emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate – these nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors interfere with HIV replication.
Studies have shown that taking PrEP every day can reduce a person’s risk of contracting HIV by 92-99%. PrEP is effective, safe, and easy to incorporate into your practice.
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What is PrEP?
How Do I PreScribe PrEP?
Is It Covered?
Learning to prescribe PrEP is quick and simple. The HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Continuing Medical Education e-Module takes about one hour and helps you to:
Identify patients in your practice who may be at higher risk of acquiring HIV
Learn an evidence-based approach to PrEP
Learn how to prescribe PrEP safely and address logistical concerns regarding PrEP prescribing
Upon completion of the module, if you are a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada you can claim 1 MAINPRO M1 credit for this accredited program. You can also contact us to get on our list of doctors who prescribe PrEP in the Region of Peel. The list can be found on the For Patients resource page of this website.
As of January 1st, PrEP is FREE for:
Everyone 24 years and younger (through OHIP+)
Everyone 65 years and older (through Ontario Drug Benefit, ODB)
Everyone on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Everyone on Ontario Works (OW)
Since a generic brand of PrEP exists, PrEP is also covered for:
Everyone covered by a private insurance plan
PrEP can otherwise be expensive, costing between $200-$250 per month. But, costs are steadily declining. Patients can apply to the Trillium Drug Program for a deductible.
Who Prescribes PrEP?
Frequently Asked Questions
There is a list of doctors who prescribe PrEP in the Region of Peel on the For Patients resource page of this website. If you would like to get on the list, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Doesn’t PrEP just give people an excuse not to use condoms?
PrEP is part of a prevention toolkit, one of a variety of options that people can take to protect themselves – including condoms. PrEP does not protect you from other STIs.
Below are some common questions patients may ask you if they are thinking about getting on PrEP.