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PrEP Explained:

Everything You Need to Know About Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

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PrEP 101

PrEP is a daily pill that is 99% effective at preventing the transmission of HIV.

PrEP is approved in Canada and requires a prescription. The two forms of PrEP are Truvada & Descovy.

Only 1-10% of patients on PrEP experience side effects. Most symptoms tend to go away within 1-2 weeks naturally.

PrEP only protects against HIV, not other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, or hepatitis.

The vast majority of Freddie patients get PrEP prescribed online & discreetly delivered for $0.

What is PrEP?

“PrEP is like birth control, but for HIV prevention.”

PrEP is short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. PrEP is a once-per-day HIV prevention pill that reduces the risk of contracting HIV by up to 99%. The presence of the medicine in your bloodstream helps stop HIV from taking hold, ensuring you remain HIV-negative.

Who is PrEP for?

PrEP can be taken by anyone that is not HIV+ and is looking for additional protection against HIV. This includes men who have sex with men, transgender women, and gender-diverse communities. PrEP may be a fit for you if you:

Don’t use condoms consistently

Share drug injection equipment

Don’t know the HIV status of your sexual partners

Have more than one or anonymous sexual partners

Tested positive for infectious syphilis or a bacterial STI in the last year

Have used post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) more than once

It’s recommended to speak with a PrEP provider to decide if PrEP is a fit for your needs. Book a free virtual consultation now!

PrEP 101

PrEP is a daily pill that is 99% effective at preventing the transmission of HIV.

PrEP is approved in Canada and requires a prescription. The two forms of PrEP are Truvada & Descovy.

Only 1-10% of patients on PrEP experience side effects. Most symptoms tend to go away within 1-2 weeks naturally.

PrEP only protects against HIV, not other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, or hepatitis.

The vast majority of Freddie patients get PrEP prescribed online & discreetly delivered for $0.

How to take PrEP

PrEP is a pill that is taken orally. There are two methods for taking PrEP to prevent HIV.

If you are considering PrEP, it’s recommended you chat with your PrEP provider to determine which method best fits your needs.

By answering some questions about your sexual behaviour, our 1-minute questionnaire can help you better understand your HIV risk. It’s 100% confidential.
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Is PrEP safe? YES!

PrEP is considered safe for the vast majority of people that take the medication.

It is important to let your clinician know about any medications, supplements, or recreational drugs that you are taking to ensure that any potential drug interactions are considered before starting PrEP.

How much does PrEP cost?

The price of PrEP medication varies depending on the province or territory you live in and the type of insurance you have. With Freddie, most patients get PrEP + discreet delivery for $0.

Freddie is currently only available in:

Alberta

British Columbia*

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec*

Saskatchewan

*Due to provincial regulations, Freddie can only serve patients with private insurance in British Columbia and Quebec at this time.

Cost of PrEP with public insurance (varies by province)

Coverage through public insurance can vary widely depending on what province you receive healthcare in. Costs can range from $0-$250 for a monthly supply of PrEP.

Freddie has helped thousands of patients navigate insurance & financial assistance to get PrEP for low cost or free. 90% of Freddie patients pay $0 for PrEP!

For the most accurate cost estimate, use our 1-minute PrEP cost calculator.

Cost of PrEP with private insurance ($0 for most)

The vast majority of patients with private insurance can get Descovy, the newest form of PrEP with even fewer side effects, for $0 with Freddie.

Book a free phone consultation to learn more about your options today!

Cost of PrEP with no insurance ($250 without financial assistance)

Without any insurance coverage or financial assistance, PrEP is around $250 per month supply.

Worried that the cost of PrEP is a barrier for you? Book a free appointment with us and we’ll help you navigate your options to find the lowest cost possible!

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1-minute PrEP cost calculator
Use our free 1-minute PrEP cost calculator
Want a more detailed estimate of how much PrEP will cost you? By answering a few questions, we can give you a more custom answer for how much PrEP will potentially cost you.

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How to get PrEP

It takes 10+ steps to get PrEP through a doctor in person. With Freddie, get PrEP in only 3 steps.

Short questionnaire and phone call

1

Answer a few questions and book a free appointment with a Freddie clinician (30 minutes)

Complete your lab work

2

Get some basic tests done so we can determine if PrEP is safe for you (it is for the vast majority of people!)

Get your prescription

3

Your results are reviewed by your Freddie clinician. If HIV PrEP is safe for you, your prescription will be delivered confidentially to your door!

Types of PrEP
Truvada and Descovy are the two types of PrEP medication available for use in Canada and are 99% effective at preventing HIV.

Truvada

Descovy

With Freddie, patients can access either type of PrEP, regardless if they have pre-existing conditions or not.

Due to differences in individual needs, it is important to refer to a healthcare professional and find out which option is best for you.

FAQs

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PrEP is $0 for the vast majority of our patients.
We’ve worked with 22,000+ patients and have the experience it takes to help you find PrEP for free or as low-cost as possible.
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