PrEP and PeP Access

Our Strategy

  • Assess current activity in clinical settings around PrEP implementation.
  • Identify opportunities (processes and sites) to enable timely initiation of PrEP.
  • Educate providers and other staff in clinical settings about PreP and PeP; provide tools to support consistent implementation.
  • Educate the general public about PrEP.
  • Provide navigation services to help patients access PrEP and to support providers and counselors around access issues.
  • Establish a model and systems for PrEP and PeP implementation within SCVHHS.
  • Disseminate and promote adoption of policies, procedures, and templates that can be tailored to support PrEP and PeP implementation in clinical settings.
  • Investigate the need, associated costs, and strategies for providing PrEP to individuals who are uninsured.

Check out our team’s work plan
PrEP & PeP Basics for Community Based Organizations

What Is PrEP?

  • PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is daily medicine that can reduce your chance of getting HIV.
  • PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body.
  • Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%.
  • Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods.

Check out PrEP is Liberating for more info.

Is PrEP Right For You?

PrEP may benefit you if you are HIV-negative and ANY of the following apply to you.

You are a gay/bisexual man and

  • have an HIV-positive partner.
  • have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown –and– you also
    • have anal sex without a condom, or
    • recently had a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

You are a heterosexual and

  • have an HIV-positive partner.
  • have multiple partners, a partner with multiple partners, or a partner whose HIV status is unknown –and– you also
    • don’t always use a condom for sex with people who inject drugs, or
    • don’t always use a condom for sex with bisexual men.

You inject drugs and

  • share needles or equipment to inject drugs.
  • recently went to a drug treatment program.
  • are at risk for getting HIV from sex.

Visit: PleasePrEPme.org for providers in your area and PrEPisLiberating.org for more information.

What is PEP?

PEP stands for post-exposure prophylaxis. It means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected.

PEP must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV, but the sooner you start PEP, the better. Every hour counts. If you’re prescribed PEP, you’ll need to take it once or twice daily for 28 days. PEP is effective in preventing HIV when administered correctly, but not 100%.

Is PEP right for me?

If you’re HIV-negative or don’t know your HIV status, and in the last 72 hours you

  1. think you may have been exposed to HIV during sex (for example, if the condom broke),
  2. shared needles and works to prepare drugs (for example, cotton, cookers, water), or
  3. were sexually assaulted, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.

PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV. It is not a substitute for regular use of other proven HIV prevention methods, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis(PrEP), which means taking HIV medicines daily to lower your chance of getting infected; using condoms the right way every time you have sex; and using only your own new, sterile needles and works every time you inject.

PEP is effective, but not 100%, so you should continue to use condoms with sex partners and safe injection practices while taking PEP. These strategies can protect you from being exposed to HIV again and reduce the chances of transmitting HIV to others if you do become infected while you’re on PEP.

When should I take PEP?

PEP must be started within 72 hours after a possible exposure. The sooner you start PEP, the better; every hour counts.

Starting PEP as soon as possible after a potential HIV exposure is important. Research has shown that PEP has little or no effect in preventing HIV infection if it is started later than 72 hours after HIV exposure.

If you’re prescribed PEP, you’ll need to take it once or twice daily for 28 days.

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