In order for PrEP to work the best, it’s important to try to take it every day.
We know it can be tricky to implement a daily habit like taking a PrEP pill each and every day (or any medication for that matter!), so we wanted to offer you a few tips to help:
If you know there is already something you do every day, try incorporating your PrEP pills into your routine flow too. For example:
Everyone’s routine is different, but it can be helpful to incorporate your daily meds into things that you already do.
If you don’t have a specific routine necessarily, you can also put your PrEP somewhere you know you’ll see it each and every day -- maybe that’s right next to your toothbrush or on top of your dresser or nightstand.
If you know where you look every day, seeing the bottle can be a great reminder to pop your pills.
If you have a phone that lets you set an alarm or create a reminder, try setting one for the same time each day. For privacy, you can always name the alarm something vague or funny.
It can be helpful to travel with some of your pills in a cute case, so that whenever your alarm goes off, you have your medication nearby no matter where you are!
If you have trouble remembering whether you’ve taken a pill each day, you can use a pill organizer with the days of the week on it. That way, if the Tuesday box is empty, you'll know that you're all set until Wesneday.
Sometimes a classic post-it note can be one of the most helpful reminders. Try writing, “Did you take your PrEP?” or “Have you taken your pill today?” on a post-it and putting somewhere you’re likely to see it, such as the fridge or in your bathroom mirror. This can help to keep you consistent.
There are apps made just to remind you to take your medication. Here are a few that are free:
Text ‘MEDS’ to 877877 for daily text message reminders. You’ll be asked how many times a day you take your medicine and what time you’d like to get a reminder text. *Carrier rates for texting will apply*
While you should try your hardest to keep up with PrEP daily, it is generally forgiving and still effective if you're remembering at least 5 or more doses each week.
FOLX is currently able to prescribe daily PrEP and the process begins here. For existing FOLX members interested in adding a PrEP prescription to their plan, reach out to your clinician through your Athena patient portal or reach out to our member advocates at firstname.lastname@example.org. And for those who want to know more, read up on all things sexual health here, and feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.