What is PrEP?
CommWell Health offers a PrEP clinic in Southeastern NC (Johnston County). Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV take a pill once a day to reduce the risk of becoming infected. The pill “Truvada” is currently the only FDA-approved drug for PrEP. When used with other safer sex practices (like condoms), PrEP can help protect you from getting HIV from an infected partner. According to the CDC: 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%.
Who Should Take PrEP?
- Men who have sex with men and have sex without a condom.
- In a sexual relationship with someone who is HIV positive.
- Someone who has sex for money, food, drugs and housing.
- Women trying to get pregnant with a partner who is HIV positive.
- Someone who has sex under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
- Someone who has sex with multiple partners f unknown or positive HIV status.
- Someone who has sex without a condom when you are the receptive sexual partner.
Before Your Visit
- Call 1-877-WELL ALL (1-877-935-5255) and ask to speak with a PrEP clinic coordinator ( Albrea, Meranda or Stephanie).
- The clinic coordinator will determine your eligibility via phone and if you are eligible will schedule an appointment to meet with you.
PrEP at CWH
- Blood work will be drawn to determine your HIV status and you will be given a follow-up appointment to meet with the Infectious Disease Doctor.
- During the visit the provider, you will receive prevention education, education on sexually transmitted diseases and condoms, and how to take medication and manage medication side effects.
- Ongoing visits with primary care provider and behavioral health specialist.
- Screening and counseling for mental health and substance abuse.
What costs Should I Consider?
For each PrEP clinic visit with your
provider, you will be assessed a visit fee.
- If you are uninsured you will be assessed fees for the visit, medications and labs. The fees are based on your income and family size.
- If you have insurance and PrEP is covered, you will be required to make a copay for the visit, medications and any labs.
How Can I Pay for PrEP medications?
Most insurance companies will cover
PrEP but …
Gilead, the company that manufactures Truvada, has a medications assistance program. Ask the CommWell Health pharmacy about an application.
PrEP Resource List:
- AIDSinfoNet .org
- PrEPFacts .org
- PrEParing for HIV www.uctv.tv/prep/
- Project Inform.org