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HIV Prevention- PrEP Services

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  •  850-833-9246
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    Mailing Address

    221 Hospital Drive NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 

    810 E. James Lee Blvd., Crestview, FL 32539 

     


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.

Partner Services 

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.