PrEP Prescribing and Maintenance
AcadianaCares was founded in 1985 with HIV/AIDS its central focus – 30 years later, preventing new infections is one of our top priorities, and we are excited to offer PrEP services to eligible clients.
What is PrEP?
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once a day prescription pill that is used by those who are HIV negative to drastically reduce their risk of HIV infection. It is a combination of two medicines, tenofovir and emtricitabine, that are usually used to treat HIV. When combined together and taken every day, the two drugs work together to be over 90% effective at preventing HIV infection. It works different from a vaccine, because the pill must be taken every day to work. PrEP works by blocking pathways that the HIV virus can enter your bloodstream. The presence of tenofovir and emtricitabine in the bloodstream can stop the HIV virus from infecting your body and spreading. Using PrEP as a means of prevention, combined with condoms and other prevention methods, can provide the maximum level of protection for you and your partners.
Why you should consider PrEP.
PrEP has been tested in several studies involving those with various sexual behaviors. It has proven to be over 90% effective and clinical trials have shown that it has little to no side effects. If you think you are at high risk of contracting the HIV virus, you should talk to your doctor about PrEP. It is also covered by most insurance plans, so protection is at little to no cost to you.
How to start PrEP.
Just talk to your medical provider! Our medical providers at AcadianaCares are happy to speak with you about your options. If you and your medical provider decide that PrEP will reduce your risk of HIV infection, he or she will run a series of blood tests to check your HIV status as well as your physical health. If all is well, you will receive a prescription that must be taken every day. A PrEP regiment requires that you follow up with your medical provider regularly. He or she will provide counseling involving your sexual behaviors and administer regular blood tests for HIV infection and physical health. He or she will discuss the best method of taking your medicine so that it works well for you. If you are having trouble remembering to take your pill daily, speak to your medical provider.
Are you interested in learning more about PrEP? For more information, please contact Bart Bryant, LPN, Clinic Manager at AcadianaCares, or by phone at (337) 233-2437, ext. 150.
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