What is PrEP? PrEP is a new HIV prevention method that involves HIV-negative people taking anti-HIV medications daily to help prevent HIV infection. Several studies have shown that PrEP can reduce the risk of becoming HIV-infected when taken as part of a package of prevention services. These studies showed that PrEP was safe and effective for people over 18 years old who are sexually active. Truvada ® is the medication currently approved by the FDA for use as PrEP.
Who should consider PrEP? HIV-negative Individuals may want to consider PrEP as a part of their HIV prevention plan if they...
- Are a man who has sex with men and have sex without a condom,
- Are in a sexual relationship with someone who is HIV-positive,
- Ever have sex for money, food, drugs, housing, etc.,
- Are a woman who is trying to get pregnant with a partner who is HIV-positive,
- Have sex while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs,
- Have sex with multiple partners of unknown or positive HIV status,
- Have sex without a condom when you are the receptive sexual partner.
How does the 1917 PrEP Clinic work? Interested individuals should call the 1917 PrEP Clinic Coordinator, Kachina (205-996-4119), to determine if they are able to participate in 1917 PrEP Clinic. After eligibility is determined an orientation visit will be set up to talk more about the clinic, confirm HIV-negative status, and draw labs. Once enrolled, clients will visit the clinic once every three months on either the 2nd or 3th Friday afternoon of every month to get new prescriptions. At these visits, clients will have labs drawn, attend a group education session, see a provider, and receive prevention materials including condoms and informational brochures.
How Can I Pay for Prep? Most insurance companies will cover PrEP but...
- If you have a high copay: Gilead, the company that manufactures Truvada, has a copay assistance program and can help with up to $200 a month. Call 1-877-505-6986 or visit http://www.gileadcopay.com/ to find out if you're eligible.
- If you are uninsured: Gilead has a program where you can get Truvada for PrEP free for 3 months at a time as long as you meet income eligibility requirements. Call 1-855-330-5479 for more information. A 1917 PrEP Clinic social worker can help you apply.
Interested? Contact Kachina at 205-996-4119 for more information and to see if the 1917 PrEP Clinic is a good match for you.
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