Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily pill for HIV-negative people to reduce their risk of acquiring the virus.
Truvada, the only drug currently approved for use as PrEP, is a single pill that combines two anti-HIV drugs – tenofovir and emtricitabine. A daily Truvada pill helps reduce the risk of getting HIV.
The CDC has established that daily intake of PrEP lowers a patient’s HIV risk through sex by over 90% and through injection drug use by more than 70%.
If you feel some level of discomfort and anticipate your patients feeling the same, there are several training options for you, including sexual health guides.
Navigating these discussions in a non-judgmental and culturally sensitive way, particularly with members of marginalized groups like the LGBTQIA community, is integral to the provider-patient relationship and uncovering the information needed to determine PrEP eligibility.
The approval of PrEP as an HIV prevention option has been expanded to include adolescents at risk for HIV who weigh at least 77 pounds.
Absolutely! A common myth is that people of a mature age do not have sexual relations. Reports have revealed that around 21% of all new HIV diagnoses are among older adults, of which a quarter are over the age of 60.
Talk to them about PrEP DAP, an assistance program created for HIV-negative Washingtonians who are considered high-risk for contracting HIV and are prescribed PrEP. Additionally, the Gilead Advancing Access program offers information to help your patients find co-pay support, government insurance support, and uninsured support.
If so, please take a look at prescription details put together by the official Truvada for PrEP site for providers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed an app to assist clinicians, testing providers, pharmacists, and counsellors in their efforts to prescribe PrEP and monitor patients.
These state-by-state resources pages offer additional support for becoming a more PrEP-friendly provider.
Here is a guide to Sexual Risk Reduction Counseling
End AIDS Washington offers key steps to help minimize the spread of HIV: getting insured, getting tested, getting PrEP, and getting on treatment.
Additional PrEP information for Providers in WA.