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 773.388.1600 ext. 0, 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.

PrEP Case Management

The PrEP Case Management Program at Howard Brown provides managed PrEP primary care to patients who may need more assistance taking or managing PrEP. This short-term, intensive program provides sexual health and HIV/STI risk reduction education, medical appointment retention, and medication access support to anyone who is eligible across all Howard Brown sites that provide PrEP services. Standard enrollment into PrEP Case Management will consist of a 3 appointment term. Some enrollees may be enrolled for longer than 3 appointments, as determined by the assigned Case Management Staff. The PrEP Case Management Staff will successfully guide the patient through their first 3 PrEP appointments, while providing support during such time regarding sexual health information, and PrEP medication adherence training.

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

The study is available to people who 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