What is PrEP?
PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. It is a once-daily drug that HIV-negative individuals can take to protect against HIV infection. PrEP is a way of protecting yourself if you are having sex with a person who is HIV-positive with a detectable viral load or if their status is unknown.
Studies have shown that PrEP reduces HIV risk by 92-99% if taken every day. It is important to take PrEP every day, as missing a dose can reduce your level of HIV protection.
Who Should Use PrEP?
PrEP should be used by anyone who would like to protect themselves from contracting HIV. It has been shown to work well among:
If you answer yes to any of these questions, PrEP might be for you:
Do you use condoms sometimes or not at all?
Do you often get STIs?
Have you taken Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) more than once in the past year?
Is your sexual partner HIV-positive with a detectable viral load and you are HIV-negative?
Are you in an open relationship or having sex with multiple partners?
Are you having sex with someone whose HIV status you don’t know?
The below tests can help you find out if you have a high chance of contracting HIV, but only you and your doctor can determine if PrEP is right for you.
Men who have sex with men
Heterosexual men and women
People who inject drugs
This interactive quiz uses guidelines from the U.S. Center for Disease Control to determine whether PrEP could be right for you.
Hamilton PrEP Clinic's interactive scorecard is designed for men who have sex with men and is based on research for the HIV Risk Index.
How Much Does It Cost?
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.
Where Can I Get It?
Below is a list of doctors currently prescribing PrEP in the Region of Peel. The doctor who prescribes PrEP for you will require you to come in for check-ups every three months. If you would like your family doctor to prescribe PrEP for you but they are not recognized on this list, please refer them to the "For Doctors" section of this website.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Peel HIV/AIDS Network
7700 Hurontario Street
#601 Community Door
Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3