HIV Prevention- PrEP Services
221 Hospital Drive NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
810 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, FL 32539
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PrEP Resource Tool October 2014
Did you know one pill a day can help prevent HIV?
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a daily medicine taken as a pill that helps you stay HIV-negative.
- If you take PrEP every day, as prescribed, it greatly reduces your risk of HIV. Risk factors include having unprotected sex and sharing needles.
- PrEP reduces the risk of HIV-infection; however, it does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like syphilis and gonorrhea.
- Condoms provide additional protection against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), even while you take PrEP.
- PrEP protects people who are HIV-negative. You’ll have to take an HIV test before starting PrEP. You may have to take other tests to make sure it’s safe for you to use PrEP.
- While you are on PrEP, you will need to see a health care provider every three months for regular check-ups and HIV tests.
Are you a mixed status couple (one HIV-positive, one HIV-negative)and want to significantly decrease your risk of getting HIV?
In the past, have you....
- In frequently used condoms?
- had to use PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) in the past year?
- or your partner been treated for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea.
If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, PrEP may be right for your relationship.
DOH-Okaloosa offers the following services to same-sex/hetero partners of DOH-Okaloosa Ryan White Clients.
- PrEP Evaluation
- PrEP Patient Assistance for Uninsured
- STD Screening
- Risk Reduction Counseling
Many insurance plans (including Medicaid) cover PrEP.
If you are uninsured, assistance may be available.
For more information, contact your health care provider or call DOH-Okaloosa at 850-833-9240.