Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is for people who do not have HIV, but who may be at risk of contracting HIV infection through sex or injection drug use. PrEP is a pill taken once a day to prevent exposure and lessen the risk of getting HIV. When taken as prescribed, PrEP is 99% effective at preventing HIV.
People who use PrEP must be committed to taking it every day and seeing their healthcare provider for follow-up appointments every three months.
PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, it is a powerful prevention tool that, when used with other methods like condoms, can provide greater protection. PrEP is available at the Howard County Health Department through the Reproductive Health Clinic. Call 410-313-7500 for more information.
A dedicated PrEP Navigator program supports clients with their medical needs in the clinic and with social needs outside of the clinic, such as housing, transportation, health insurance, and employment. The program is open to anyone who is interested (regardless of residency, immigration, or insurance status). Our case management services will work with all patients to ensure cost is not a barrier for PrEP.
Call 410-313-7500 (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm) to schedule an appointment or ask to speak to the PrEP Navigator.
- Additional information and resources, especially for PrEP in Maryland: PrEPMaryland.org
- Locate PrEP providers anywhere in the US: PrEPLocator.org
- CDC PrEP Information
- PrEP Payment Assistance Flowchart (MDH)
- PFLAG HoCo: Supportive community for LGBTQI+ individials and their friends/family
- Chase Brexton Columbia: Healthcare provider that offers sliding scale primary care, dental, behavioral health services and specializes in LGBTQ health.
- Health Department Condom Distribution Program