The Obama Administration made it a mission to create an “AIDS free generation”. The announcement of this goal came alongside the release of the “National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States: Updated to 2020” by the Obama Administration, announced Thursday, July 30, 2015.
“It’s now been more than three decades since the first cases of HIV/AIDS were diagnosed,” said President Obama in a pre-recorded speech before a crowd at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine and a worldwide online audience.
“For many Americans the early days were marked by fear and stigma, how little we knew of the disease and by only fighting to be seen and heard, and to be treated with basic compassion. Times have changed.”
Goal of PrEP as HIV Prevention Strategy
The overall goals of the national HIV/AIDS strategy remain the same as the previous strategy: Reduce new HIV infections, Increase Access to Care and Improve Health Outcomes of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Reducing HIV-Related Health Disparities, and Achieving a More Coordinated National Response to the HIV Epidemic in the United States.
The major change to the strategy centers on the inclusion of pre-exposure prohylaxis as a HIV prevention tool. Specifically, the strategy lists, “Full access to comprehensive PrEP services for those whom it is appropriate and desired, with support for medication adherence for those using PrEP.”
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What is Prep?
To put it simply, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pill you take every day that helps keep you from becoming HIV-positive. On July 16, 2012, it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help prevent transmission of HIV. When PrEP is taken daily, it can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90%.
PrEP as HIV prevention has been shown to work best when the person taking the pill also consistently uses condoms, gets regular STD/HIV testing, and has the appropriate behavioral health interventions.
Apicha CHC is a Leader in Providing PrEP as HIV Prevention Services
Apicha CHC offers programs for the LGBT community, which includes PrEP for eligible candidates. Apicha provides screenings for gay and bisexual men and trans* women to see if PrEP is the right choice for them. If they qualify, individuals are provided with a prescription and they will start taking PrEP.
We share our experience providing PrEP as frequently as we can. At the upcoming National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) conference, Apicha CHC’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Murayama, will be presented an education session titled, “HIV Prevention in Health Centers: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Primary Care.”
To find out if you qualify for PrEP as HIV prevention, or to inquire about Apicha’s other services such as HIV testing or comprehensive care, you can request an appointment with us here.