Disease Prevention- HIV and STDs

A division of the VDH Office of Epidemiology

The mission of the Division of Disease Prevention (DDP) is to maximize public health and safety through the elimination, prevention, and control of disease, disability, and death caused by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, other sexually transmitted infections .

PrEP in Pills

“PrEP” stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. The word “prophylaxis” means to prevent or control, as in the spread of an infection or disease, or as a condom prevents pregnancy or STDs. The goalTruvada Pill Bottle of PrEP is to prevent HIV infection from taking hold if you are exposed to the virus. This is done by taking one pill every day.

The pill used for PrEP is Truvada, a combination of two drugs, emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, and is used to block the action of a protein that HIV needs to replicate in a person’s body. PrEP is most effective when used with other prevention strategies such as condoms and other safe sex practices.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has a program to assist patients with getting PrEP. For more information about the PrEP and the VDH PrEP DAP program, click here. For more information on where you can get PrEP call the DDP Hotline at 1-800-533-4148.


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Link to the Disease Prevention Hotline Facebook page.