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Know Your Rights: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

March 24, 2016

What is PrEP?

PrEP stands for "pre-exposure prophylaxis," a method of preventing the transmission of HIV. A person who is HIV negative but at higher risk than average for contracting HIV can take two HIV medications (in one tablet) on a regular basis and, by doing so, greatly diminish the chance of acquiring HIV if exposed to the virus.

What if my health care provider refuses to prescribe PrEP for me?

First find out why the provider is refusing to prescribe PrEP for you -- and then contact Lambda Legal's Help Desk at 1-866-542-8336 or There are very few legitimate medical reasons for refusing to prescribe this medication upon request. We want to hear about health care providers who are refusing to prescribe PrEP so that we can address this significant obstacle to care.

Do I have to disclose to anyone that I am taking PrEP?

No. Your decision to take PrEP is a completely private matter between you and your health care provider. There are no laws that require a person to disclose use of PrEP.

Will the fact that I am taking PrEP, or have taken PrEP in the past, affect my ability to obtain health insurance or life insurance?

There should be no effect on your ability to obtain either, but that doesn't mean that an insurance company will not try to deny coverage on this basis. If you or someone you know experiences difficulty obtaining health or life insurance as a result of using PrEP, please contact our Lambda Legal's Help Desk at 1-866-542-8336 or

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Lambda Legal at 212-809-8585, 120 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005-3919. If you feel you have experienced discrimination, call our Help Desk toll-free at 866-542-8336 or go to

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