Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

What is PrEP?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily HIV prevention medication that can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by up to 99%. 

Find out more about PrEP here.

Who is PrEP for?

PrEP is for people who are HIV negative and at high, ongoing risk of contracting HIV. This can include: 

  • Men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender women and gender diverse people who report condomless anal sex and have any of the following:
    • Infectious syphilis or bacterial STI (gonorrhea or chlamydia) in the past 12 months
    • nPEP (non-occupational HIV post-exposure prophylaxis) more than once
    • Ongoing sexual relationship with HIV-positive partner(s) 
    • A high score on a HIV risk assessment tool 
  • Heterosexual people who:
    • Are HIV negative with ongoing exposure to HIV positive partner(s) involving condomless vaginal or anal sex
    • HIV status unknown but from a high-prevalence population (MSM, PWID, countries with high HIV prevalence) 
  • People who inject drugs and share injection drug use equipment 

How can I get PrEP?

Your primary care provider (medical doctor or nurse practitioner) can provide you with a prescription for PrEP. Take this handout to your appointment to help start the conversation about PrEP with your primary care provider. If you don’t have a primary care provider or need a different option, you can find a PrEP prescriber on our HIV Services Map

What is the cost of PrEP?

PrEP is covered under Manitoba Pharmacare or Employment and Income Assistance for those who meet the eligibility criteria. Contact your primary care provider to discuss your eligibility. PrEP is also covered if you have or qualify for First Nations & Inuit Health Branch benefits. Additionally, select third-party insurance plans may cover PrEP. The cost of PrEP without any coverage is roughly $250 a month.

Find out more about PrEP coverage in Manitoba