One pill a day can greatly reduce your risk of HIV infection.

This pill is a medication called Truvada® used for PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. When you take PrEP as prescribed, it reduces your risk of getting HIV from sexual activity by more than 90%. PrEP also reduces the risk of contracting HIV by injecting drugs using contaminated needles by more than 70%.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that PREP be taken by those who are not in a mutually monogamous relationship. Rates for HIV exposure in gay or bisexual men or heterosexual men and women who do not know their partner’s HIV status.

Testing and treatment is free to Cherokee Nation citizens and Cherokee Nation health system patients. For more information on PrEP or to get started with PrEP, call 1-844-PREP-STI. You can learn more about PrEP HIV Prevention at the Newson6.com/Cherokee