PrEP During Quarantine

Should You Continue Taking PrEP During Quarantine?

We know many of you may be wondering if you should keep taking your PrEP during this time of self-isolation/quarantine. For many, sexual activity and sharing of injection drug equipment has decreased in the past few weeks and it doesn't seem like you should continue taking PrEP. It is recommended that individuals continue taking PrEP as normal while they are practicing social distancing and feel they may otherwise not need it.

Here are some main considerations behind the recommendation:

Continuing PrEP during this time makes restarting your sex life much easier once social distancing guide lines are lifted. When you stop taking PrEP, it can take some time for the medication to reach effective levels in your blood again. In some cases, this can take up to twenty-one days. We want to make sure you’re PrEP-ared to get back out there when the time is right!

Also, if you are someone who struggles to remember to take your PrEP every day, remaining on your daily PrEP regime may be a good way to keep up the habit.

We are all human, we know that sometimes sexual encounters and the sharing of injection drug equipment are often not planned. While it is important to consciously practice social distancing there is a chance for an encounter that is not planned. Remaining on PrEP ensures that you are protected against HIV if you should need it.

If you do choose to stop taking PrEP, consult with your primary care provider to learn how to stop safely. If you decide to start PrEP again after a period of going off of it, it is important to note that you must take an HIV test before starting PrEP again.

At the end of the day, it is your choice whether or not to keep taking PrEP and recognize that many factors go into this decision. If you have any questions or would like more information, do not hesitate to contact us at 801-487-2323 or visit our website, utahaids.org.