Southwest Care Center is proud to offer PrEP to its patients. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) has been shown to dramatically lower the chances of getting infected with the HIV virus. PrEP works by preventing the virus from taking hold in the body and can be highly effective for HIV prevention when taken as prescribed.
PrEP involves taking a single tablet, which is a combination of two medicines, tenofovir and emtricitabine, commonly marketed and sold under the name Truvada®. The FDA has approved Truvada® for daily use in HIV-negative adults and adolescents weighing at least 35 kg (about 77 lbs.).
Daily PrEP treatment reduces the risk of contracting HIV through sexual contact by more than 90% and it reduces the risk by more than 70% for those who use injection drugs. Combining PrEP with other safe sex methods (especially condom use) can further reduce your risk of getting HIV from sexual contact.
Southwest CARE Center’s PrEP program is a “one-stop shop” for your PrEP and sexually-transmitted infection (STI) medical needs. By becoming a patient of our PrEP program, you will get routine HIV & STI screening every 3 months, treatment for STIs if needed, and access to Truvada® for PrEP at our in-house pharmacy or local pharmacy of your choice. Our dedicated PrEP Navigators can also help you obtain medication and treatment that is discounted or as affordable as possible.
Southwest CARE Center can see you same day, Monday-Friday, to evaluate your risk and prescribe optimal PEP therapy if you have had an exposure. It is important that you see us within 72 hours of your exposure.
Please call 1-800-BTR-2KNW (800-287-2569) to schedule your appointment today.
PrEP may help if any of the following apply to you:
- You have an HIV-positive partner.
- You have receptive anal or vaginal sex without a condom and/or with partners whose HIV status you don’t know.
- You’ve recently had an STI.
- You or your sexual partners use alcohol or drugs, and you are at risk for HIV from sex or drug use.
- You have taken Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection following an exposure to HIV.
- You (or your sexual partners) exchange sex for money, food, housing, drugs etc.
- You (or your sexual partners) have multiple partners.
- You inject drugs and share needles or equipment.
- You inject drugs and are at risk for getting HIV from sexual contact.