PrEP Clinic Now Open at the Columbus Health Department
PrEP, the maintenance medication to help prevent HIV, will be available at the Columbus Health Department, beginning Tuesday, October 1st.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is when people take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected.
A combination of two HIV medicines, tenofovir and emtricitabine, sold under the name Truvada, is approved for daily use to help prevent an HIV-negative person from getting HIV from a sexual or injection-drug-using partner who’s HIV positive.
“Studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily,” says Antonio Lawrence, STD Program Manager/HIV Prevention Manager with the West Central Health District.
“Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% when taken daily.”
PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body when taken daily, however, it is much less effective when it is not taken consistently.
If you have a partner who is HIV-positive and are considering getting pregnant, talk to your doctor about PrEP if you’re not already taking it.
PrEP may be an option to help protect you and your baby from getting HIV infection while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding
“We are very excited to begin offering this new service to the people in our area,”says Lawrence.
Hours for the PrEPclinic will be Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon.
The Columbus Health Department is located on the second floor of the Health and Human Services building, at 2100 Comer Avenue.
For more information, call the Columbus Health Department at 706-321-6300.
Courtesy: Columbus Health Department