Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

HIV/AIDS Services at Howard Brown

What is PrEP?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that can reduce your risk of getting HIV. If you take PrEP as directed, it can reduce the chance that HIV will be able to infect your body. A once-daily pill is available for patients seeking PrEP.

 

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Howard Brown Health provides access to PrEP to reduce your chance of acquiring HIV. Preventing HIV is part of the full spectrum of primary care services we provide. PrEP is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PrEP?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that can reduce your risk of acquiring HIV. If you take PrEP as directed, it can reduce the chance that HIV will be able to infect your body. A once-daily pill is available for patients seeking PrEP.

Who can take PrEP?

PrEP can be taken by an HIV-negative person (in consultation with their healthcare provider) who wants to reduce their chance of acquiring HIV. PrEP is available through prescription only.

Where to get PrEP?

Howard Brown offers PrEP to patients in our primary care clinics. Staff are available to help patients make an appointment to see a healthcare provider for PrEP. Howard Brown also helps patients access assistance programs that may pay for the medication in part or in full.

For additional information or to make an appointment, call 773.388.8885 or walk in during our hours of operation. You can also send an e-mail to prep@howardbrown.org for more information.

Does PrEP have side effects?

Side effects may include upset stomach, headaches, nausea, and dizziness. Patients who experience these side effects often experience them for only a short time while the body adjusts to the medication.

More serious side effects are extremely rare, and may include liver toxicity, renal impairment, and lactic acidosis. Discuss serious side effects with your provider before starting PrEP.

Payment

PrEP is covered by Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Co-pay assistance is available, and many patients with insurance pay nothing out of pocket. If you need help or do not have insurance, ask about patient assistance programs which may pay for the full cost of the medication. Low-income patients may qualify.

Become a study participant!

Howard Brown is working with the CDC Foundation on a study regarding the use of PrEP in community health centers.

You may be eligible for the study if you are:
  • HIV negative
  • Being prescribed Truvada for PrEP by your Howard Brown Health clinician
  • At least 18 years old
Participation involves:
  • Completing a short survey at each visit. Every 6 months the survey will be longer (15-30 minutes) and will include a $25 compensation
  • A small amount of blood tested for medication levels
For more information about our research, contact shippstudy@howardbrown.org or 773.388.8875 or ask your Howard Brown Health provider.

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