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Can you get the COVID vaccine if you are taking PrEP for HIV?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

David Malebranche, MD, MPH explains that if you’re taking PrEP for HIV prevention, you can get a COVID vaccine.

 

I’ve heard that question before. Wondering if, you know, “Hey, I’m HIV negative. I’m on PrEP. Can I get the vaccine?” Yes, you’re still fine to get the vaccine.

Obviously if you have other considerations, other comorbidities, severe allergic reaction where you need an EpiPen and you have an anaphylactic reaction—those are the kinds of things that would raise my antenna a little bit and be a little bit more cautious with someone getting the vaccine. But it’s not a hundred percent contraindication to that.

So, I think those people that are out there who are on PrEP, trying to prevent themselves from getting HIV and wondering if they can take the COVID-19 vaccine, they can.

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