PrEP is an HIV prevention strategy for people who are HIV negative, but at high risk of contracting the virus. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis and works by taking one pill every day. Prophylaxis means “prevention” in medical terminology.
We PrEP Together is an initiative by St. Thomas Community Health Center aimed at increasing awareness and access to PrEP among those who are most vulnerable to HIV in New Orleans.
St. Thomas Community Health Center is committed to transforming our region’s HIV status which is why they have more locations across the city offering PrEP than any other medical organization.
If you’re interested in getting PrEP, your first step is to contact a St. Thomas Community Health Center provider at 5040529-5558 and schedule an appointment. Same-day and next-day appointment available so you can get on PrEP now! We will keep your personal information 100% confidential, so you can get the services you need.
PrEP prevents the virus from replicating itself and spreading throughout the body. The medication has shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 92% and is generally well tolerated with few side-effects
PrEP prevents the virus from replicating itself and spreading throughout the body. The medication has shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 92% and is generally well tolerated with few side-effects.
Did you know that 1 in 8 Americans with HIV are unaware they are infected? In Louisiana, it’s 1 in 5. PrEP allows those who are at high risk of contracting HIV to take control of their sexual health. Taking PrEP once a day can decrease the risk of contracting HIV by up to 92%! If you are HIV-negative – and we all want to keep it that way – PrEP may be right for you!
PrEP has various benefits like helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. We can help you stay connected with health care providers to keep you on track – discretely, and confidentially. We respect your privacy, so you can take full advantage of our services. After all, PrEP is your choice and you can stop taking it any time.
Regardless of your sexual partner’s HIV-status or lifestyle, PrEP can protect you and give you ease of mind.
PrEP is covered by most insurance programs and Medicaid. The level of your coverage depends on the type of health insurance plan you have. If you don’t have insurance, PrEP can still be affordable. Our insurance specialists can give you more information about financial assistance programs available for PrEP, including co-pay assistance and plans that even pay 100%.
St. Thomas Community Health Center (CHC) offers high-quality affordable care at its six New Orleans area clinics. St. Thomas CHC is the successor corporation to the St. Thomas Health Services Clinic. The team of dedicated Internal Medicine Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Pediatricians, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, OB/GYNS, Dermatologists, and others offer a range of comprehensive health services, including specialty consultations, for children, adults and seniors.
The medication used in PrEP is called Truvada and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for daily use for people at high risk of contracting HIV. Truvada is a combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine, two HIV medications. These medicines prevents the virus from replicating itself and spreading throughout the body.
Several PrEP studies have shown that the risk of getting HIV infection was up to 92% lower for those who took PrEP once a day compared to those who didn’t take it. Keep in mind that it’s essential to take PrEP every day to maintain its effectiveness. It’s much less effective if it’s not taken daily.
PrEP is usually well tolerated with very few side effects. Mild side effects can include upset stomach, headaches and weight loss. Rare side effects may include kidney or bone problems. The blood tests and physical examination we conduct during your first appointment will give us a better idea of how well your body will respond to PREP. If you have any other concerns about potential side effects our health care provider will be able to answer questions you may have.
Condom use is still strongly recommended because PrEP won’t give you any protection against other STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. While taking PrEP daily can reduce your risk of HIV infection by up up to 92%, you should combine additional strategies like condom use with PrEP to reduce your risk of getting infected with other STDs or to prevent a pregnancy.
Yes, we can help you pay for PrEP. If you don’t have insurance, our insurance specialists at St. Thomas will give you more information about financial assistance programs available for PrEP, including co-pay assistance and plans that even pay 100%.
PrEP is for people who are HIV-negative and at high risk for HIV infection, including:
When taking PrEP daily, it reaches maximum protection from HIV for receptive anal sex at about 7 days. For other activities, such as insertive anal sex, vaginal sex, and injection drug use, PrEP reaches maximum effectiveness at about 20 days of daily use.
We PrEP Together is an initiative by St. Thomas Community Health Center aimed at increasing awareness and access to PrEP among those who are most vulnerable to HIV in New Orleans. The campaign’s mission is to reduce the stigma of HIV-related health services by providing confidential and affordable medical care to those at risk. We want to eliminate barriers for this care for everyone who can benefit from this program. At St. Thomas Community Health Center, your visit is fully confidential — after all, there are many other services we offer other than PrEP. To us, your socio-economic status shouldn’t determine your chances of staying HIV-negative.
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