HIV Prevention & PrEP

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Some sexually transmitted infections are asymptomatic.

We can screen for the most common STIs.

BE (PrEP)ARED FOR

WHOEVER COMES YOUR WAY

Washington, D.C. is one of two cities where half of all new HIV diagnoses are located nationally. Because of this statistic, the D.C. area began the '90/90/90/50 Plan to End the HIV Epidemic in the District of Columbia by 2020,' which has made great strides to do as stated. 

 

Although the number of newly infected people is decreasing, the virus disproportionately effects the African American, Latino and LGBTQ communities.

 

Research suggests, if you are a member of one of those demographics, the chances that you will come in contact with a sexual partner who is either knowingly or unknowingly infected with the HIV virus in the District of Columbia is highly likely. 

 

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PrEP Is One Pill A Day That Is At Least 92% Effective At Preventing HIV

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PrEP 101

  • Reduces your chances of becoming HIV positive

  • Must be taken daily to be the most effective

  • Must have a prescription 

PrEP Maybe Right For You Under The Following Circumstances:

Sexually

Active

Multiple Partners

IV Drug Use

Anal sex

Sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol

HIV positive partner

MSM

Sex with Unknown Status

Blood transfussion

For peace of mind, we recommend that you begin the process of HIV prevention through PrEP if you are sexually active, and especially if you have multiple partners or use intravenous drugs. To begin PrEP, you must be HIV negative. We will screen you for antibodies, and whether or not you are negative for HIV, we will continue to be your allies for treatment and wellness coaching.

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What To Expect

Timeline


Labs will be ordered during or after your telehealth visit with a BeyondMed Provider. Once your sample has been received, most results will take 24-48 hours to be reported. If you have requested a home kit, the home kit will be delivered within 2-3 days of your request and it will take an additional 2-3 days to get results for a total timeframe of at least a week. Your home kit will come with a prepaid return label. If you have any questions about the testing process, you may contact a BeyondMed Provider.




Treatment


Beyond|Med providers prescribe Truvada or Descovy for PrEP Protocol. While you are on PrEP, you will be tested every 3 months and as needed for kidney and liver function, HIV, and STDs. If you test positive for an STD, details about your specific treatment plan will be discussed with a BeyondMed provider. While our practice does not specialize in the treatment of HIV, we will work with you to find resources for follow-up and treatment, and to get you paired with a specialist in your area.




Follow-Up


We follow-up with you to ensure you stay up to date on all required lab tests as well as be available for your sexual health related questions/concerns. For patients new to PrEP, you will have a 1 month follow-up to ensure you are tolerating the medication therapy. For patients that have been established on PrEP, you will have a follow-up appointment every 3 months.




Testing


STD testing involves obtaining a urine sample, blood sample, and/or genital/oral/rectal swab. Most STD testing can be done via a discreet home kit, while some lab tests (such as HIV and Hepatitis) require you to physically visit a lab. Depending on your symptoms and what you are going to be tested for, you will either be sent to a walk-in lab or have a discreet testing kit sent to your home. The price of our home kits has shipping and handling built in, so you won't have to pay an extra fee for returning the kit to the lab.





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Frequently Asked Questions

What is PrEP?


Prep is a prescription medication that works to prevent the transmission of HIV through sexual activity in conjunction with condoms and dental dams. There are two medications approved for PrEP: Truvada and Descovy. Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir) was first approved in 2012 and can be used by men and women. In 2019, Descovy (emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide) was approved for use by men only; It is not safe for you to take descovy if you were born with a vagina.




Who should use PrEP?


PrEP is for anyone who wants or needs added protection from HIV or engages in high-risk sexual behavior which include the following: • People who choose not to wear condoms with each partner, every time • Have multiple sexual partners • Have a partner with an unknown status • Men who have sex with men • Have a HIV positive partner • You and your partner use IV drugs, or if you participate in sexual activities under the influence of alcohol or drugs. PrEP is also indicated for pregnant women who may be worried about contracting HIV during pregnancy or after pregnancy while breastfeeding. Schedule an appointment today to discuss with your nurse practitioner if PrEP is right for you. PrEP is covered by most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. If you do not have insurance or need assistance with out-of pocket costs, there are financial programs available that can assist you. For example, the Gilead's Advanced Access program sponsored by Gilead who manufactures the medication can be contacted at (800) 226-2056 to inquire about eligibility, which is based on income.




How quickly does PrEP work?


Research suggest you have maximum protection for anal receptive intercourse after 7 days of daily use. For women and IV drug users, maximum benefit is seen after 20 days of daily use.




How much does PrEP cost?


PrEP is covered by most insurance plans; It should be covered by Medicaid and Medicare as well. If you do not have insurance or need assistance with out-of pocket costs, there are financial programs available that can assist you. One program is the Gilead's advanced access program who manufactures the medication. You can contact them at (800) 226-2056. to see if you are eligible for their program. Eligibility is based on your income.




Does PrEP take place of a condom?


No! PrEP will help protect you from HIV, it will not protect you from other sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea. If you choose to not use condoms or other forms of protection for STI’s, it is a good idea for you and your partner to get tested together to ensure you are having safe sex and can enjoy those moments better. You also have the option of you both testing at home together by getting a home kit shipped to your house. Otherwise, there is always the option of going to the lab together, or separate.





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