It’s probably best if you continue your normal PrEP routine through the coronavirus crisis. If you take PrEP daily, continuing this regimen will make it easier to jump back into your sex life once the shelter-in-place order lifts. Taking daily PrEP is effective and safe.
If you’re celibate during the shelter-in-place order, talk with your PrEP provider for guidance.
If you already take PrEP 2-1-1 (and have received counseling on how to do this accurately and safely), simply continue taking PrEP how you normally would.
If you do choose to discontinue PrEP, there are ways to do it safely. First, contact your PrEP healthcare provider and let them know you’d like to stop taking PrEP. Follow their guidance on how to stop PrEP–they will advise you on how many days to continue taking PrEP after your last sexual encounter.
If you stop taking PrEP, you’ll need to contact your healthcare provider and get an HIV test before you start taking PrEP again.
Switching to PrEP 2-1-1
If you are interested in switching to taking PrEP on a 2-1-1 basis, discuss this option with your PrEP provider and make sure you understand how 2-1-1 works. PrEP 2-1-1 is only effective for people having anal sex. It is not effective for people having receptive vaginal or front hole sex. Also, at this time, while there is evidence that Truvada is effective when taking it 2-1-1, there is not enough evidence to support 2-1-1 dosing with Descovy. [Learn more about PrEP 2-1-1.]
Extend your prescription
If you are part of a PrEP Health Program, it may be possible to extend your PrEP prescription until the shelter-in-place order lifts. That means your PrEP provider can continue to provide 30-day refills until the order is lifted. For specifics regarding your care, please reach out to your healthcare provider.
Have your medication delivered
If you’d prefer not to leave the house, many pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS are waiving delivery fees. Mail-order pharmacies can also ship your medication right to your home.
Consult with your primary care doctor to see if your HIV medications can be delivered.