DOH-PINELLAS JOINS EFFORT TO REDUCE NEW HIV CASES WITH MEDICATION
October 14, 2019
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) takes part in Zero Pinellas, a community partnership to reduce new HIV cases. It also works with the agencies in the Pinellas Planning Partnership to provide testing and resources for HIV-positive people.
DOH-Pinellas is also providing an important weapon in the fight against new HIV cases at the St. Petersburg clinic, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N., and the MidCounty clinic, 8751 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. It’s called PrEP.
What is PrEP? It’s short for “PreExposure Prophylaxis,” a drug treatment to reduce cases of HIV/AIDS. Those at risk of developing HIV take medication that cuts their chances of getting HIV by 90 percent. PrEP candidates are HIV-negative people at risk of developing HIV. They agree to take a daily pill called Truvada. Every three months, PrEP clients receive a new supply of the medication. Truvada is used with other safe-sex strategies such as condoms to be effective.
“PrEP is a big step toward reducing new cases of HIV,” said DOH-Pinellas Director Dr. Ulyee Choe. “Along with PrEP, we are continuing to promote safe sex and regular screenings to reduce HIV rates.”
Go to http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/infectious-disease-services/prepbasics/index.html for information about PrEP at DOH-Pinellas. To find HIV testing sites throughout the state, go to https://flhiv.doh.state.fl.us/ClinicSearch/ClinicSearch.aspx.
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