Preventing HIV with PrEP
Everyone can take steps to prevent HIV infection. For individuals who are negative but at particularly high risk for contracting HIV, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) treatment can be a highly-effective option for prevention.
PrEP (referred to as Truvada) is an approved combination of the medications tenofovir and emtricitabine prescribed under the care of physicians. If taken consistently daily, the medications act as a shield defending the specialized T-Cells (also known as CD4 Cells) of the immune system by blocking the virus from entering and infecting the cells. HIV is the only infectious disease that has a preventative medication.
Our expert RN provides PrEP treatment education to physicians and other health care providers as well as one-on-one counseling sessions with the community. Each individual is assessed for appropriateness for treatment, including discussing medical history, eligibility, medications, risk factors, financial assistance and prevention methods. For more information on PrEP, please contact us at (727) 328-3260.
- Coordinate starting the process with physicians and other health care providers
- Make referrals to health care providers, Gilead Patient Assistance Program or other resources
- Provide information on specialty pharmacies for medications