Providers in Santa Clara County are playing a vital role in ending the HIV epidemic. PrEP, a medication that’s highly effective in preventing HIV transmission, can be prescribed by any provider. Most providers will have patients who can benefit from this intervention. Please join us in this important effort.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention medication for HIV-negative people who may be at increased risk for becoming infected.
Truvada, the only drug approved by the FDA for use as PrEP as of June 2019, is a single pill that combines two anti-HIV drugs – tenofovir and emtricitabine. When taken consistently, as prescribed by a health care provider, Truvada reduces the risk of HIV infection for those at risk.
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 or leadership courses.
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.
No. The approval of PrEP as an HIV prevention option has been expanded to include people at risk for HIV of any age who weigh at least 77 pounds.
Yes! A common myth is that people of a mature age do not have sexual relations. Reports have revealed that 50% of people in the United States living with HIV are over the age of 50 and 17% of new HIV infections occur in people over 50.
MediCal, Covered California, and most other third party payors cover the full cost of PrEP medication. Additional resources exist for helping patients cover copayments and costs related to PrEP care.
The Gilead Advancing Access program offers information to help your patients find co-pay support, government insurance support, and uninsured support – regardless of their citizenship status. These programs include access to counselors who can help patients and their providers figure out coverage options and other insurance-related topics.
If so, please take a look at prescription details put together by the official Truvada for PrEP site.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has prepared a toolkit outlining clinical guidelines as they relate to PrEP, screening patients, and administrative procedures.
This California-based page offers support for becoming a more “PrEP-friendly” provider, as well as inclusive, sex-positive PrEP details and tools for your patients’ use and yours.
This handy read from HIVE (UCSF) addresses HIV stigma by suggesting preferred language around HIV.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed an app to assist clinicians, testingproviders, pharmacists, and counsellors in their efforts to prescribe PrEP and monitor patients.