A simple outline of what you’ll need to know if you are interested in using PrEP as a part of your personal HIV prevention strategy. 

 Before a doctor can prescribe PrEP (brand name: Truvada), you need to:

  • Find a doctor that is trained to prescribe and maintain the proper protocol for PrEP. Not sure how to find a doctor? Ask a trusted friend that is on PrEP or at a HIV testing program.
  • Have an office visit with the doctor where he or she evaluates your risk of HIV exposure based on your sexual activities. Being honest and open with your doctor is very important.
  • Be tested for HIV to confirm you’re currently negative for HIV
  • Be tested for Hepatitis B
  • Be tested for healthy kidney functions
  • Confirm that you’re not taking other HIV or Hepatitis B medications
  • Understand that while PrEP is generally considered safe for most people, there are known safety risks associated with any medication.
  • For women: Undergo a pregnancy test and decide if PrEP is still right for you if you’re pregnant

Once you’re on PrEP, you must:

  • Take the medication as prescribed every day
  • Visit your doctor every 2-3 months for lab tests, including an HIV test and kidney function test
  • Monitor yourself for side effects of PrEP and contact your doctor with any concerns
  • Remain honest and open with your doctor
  • Understand that PrEP is only one part of your personal strategy to reduce your risk of HIV

Additionally, when you’re on PrEP, it is highly recommended that you:

  • Be tested regularly for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis
  • Strongly consider receiving a Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Continue practicing safer sex consistently, however you choose to define that for yourself


Here is a current list of local PrEP providers.

  • Christopher Gamble, MD (801) 277-2682 Olympus Clinic Salt Lake City

  • Multiple MDs (PreP Consult) (801) 585-2031 Clinic 1A Salt Lake City


PrEP Financial Assistance Programs

Do you have health insurance and need help paying for PrEP? Truvada is the brand currently being prescribed as PrEP and Gilead the manufacturer offer co-pay assistance of up to $3600 per year. You can sign up for your Gilead HIV Co-pay Assistance Coupon Card here or call 1-877-505-6986 for more information. 

If you don’t have insurance
Gilead U.S. Advancing Access® Program
This program provides assistance to patients in the United States who do not have insurance or who need financial assistance. As part of this program, Gilead provides assistance for people who are eligible and who cannot afford to pay for TRUVADA. To learn about eligibility, contact Advancing Access® at 1-800-226-2056 between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Eastern). You can also download the enrollment form here to be completed by you and your healthcare provider.

For more information about PrEP, please contact:

Salt Lake County Health Department STD Clinic and Prevention Program

Peter Stoker 385-468-4166

Veronica Fire 385-468-4192

or the Utah AIDS Foundation

at 801-487-2323  

or visit the official  Truvada  information page online from Gilead 


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