Providing accessible and comprehensive HIV prevention services to youth

Virtual Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Program

Our trained group of pediatric and adolescent providers provides accessible and comprehensive HIV prevention services, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), to adolescents and young adults up to 25 years old.

What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily pill that reduces your chance of getting HIV by more than 99 percent. It’s important to take PrEP daily so that it is most effective. It’s also important to always use condoms as PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy.

Who is eligible for PrEP?

Anyone who is at risk (or has an anticipated risk) for HIV infection should consider taking PrEP. Some people at risk for HIV infection include: anyone with an HIV+ partner or partners of unknown HIV status, men who have sex with men, transgender men and women, and people who inject drugs. Your provider will help you to understand whether PrEP might be right for you.

To help you understand how PrEP reduces your HIV risk, view the interactive HIV Risk Reduction Tool on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

How to make an appointment?

If you are already a Stanford Medicine Children's Health patient, please schedule an appointment through MyChart.

If you are not enrolled in MyChart or you are not a Stanford Children's Health patient yet, please call our Teen and Young Adult Clinic at (650) 497-2701 for more information.

How often will I need to see my PrEP doctor?

Once you are on PrEP, you will follow up with your PrEP doctor about every three months. You will also get routine urine and blood tests at your local laboratory.

What are virtual visits? And why might I prefer a virtual visit for my PrEP visit?

Virtual visits are very similar to regular clinic visits—without having to travel to the clinic. You have a video call with your doctor at a dedicated appointment time using your mobile device or computer. As long as you are within California, we are able to provide care to you, even if you go to college or move.