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Stop The Spread, Protect Your Health: PrEP Awareness Week 2022

Viviana Metzgar Oct 21, 2022  

This year, October 24 – 31, 2022, is National PrEP Awareness Week. This year’s theme is Portraits of PrEP! This theme calls attention to the fact that PrEP is an individualized experience. Each person’s relationship to their own sexual health is unique, depending on their access to health resources and intersections of their own identities. Read on to learn about what PrEP is, our upcoming events, and how we can help you on your sexual health journey. 


What is PrEP? How to Prevent HIV 

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and is a medication that prevents the spread of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) to those who have not yet been infected. According to Ending the Epidemic, at least 70,000 New Yorkers have made the decision to use PrEP to prevent HIV over the past decade. 

If you are a part of a group that is considered high-risk for HIV, it is important to prevent the spread prior to getting sick. Apicha offers multiple PrEP options: a daily PrEP pill as well as a recently FDA-approved injectable PrEP 

Request an appointment with us to learn more about your PrEP options. 



What is PEP? How to Respond If Exposed to HIV 

PEP, which stands for post-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication taken after you think you may have been exposed to HIV. It can be effective in emergency situations, but you must take it within 72 hours of the potential exposure in order for it to work. You will then have to take PEP daily for 28 days. 

PEP is an emergency HIV prevention method. It's important to always talk with your provider about both PrEP and PEP. PEP is to be taken in emergency situations when you think you may have been exposed to HIV: 

  • If a condom breaks during sex. 
  • If you have unprotected sex.  
  • Through sharing needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs. 
  • In the event of a sexual assault. 

Read more about PEP here.  

Our PrEP & HIV Services 

1. HIV Testing & Care

If you have knowingly been exposed to HIV within the last 30 days or feel that you have developed symptoms, Apicha CHC is here to help. Our medical professionals will help you every step of the way, from administering testing, prescribing medication, and constructing an effective treatment plan.  

Rapid HIV tests can detect infection as early as 7-10 days after exposure. We provide completely confidential HIV testing services. To sign up for our HIV Testing services, click here and select HIV/STD testing from the drop down. 


2. We can get you PrEP.

If you become part of Apicha CHC's PrEP Program, you will be assigned a medical provider at Apicha CHC who will assess whether PrEP is right for you and will prescribe you the daily prevention pill or the injectable PrEP series. 

Our PrEP staff can also help you: 

  • Enroll in insurance or sign you up for special PrEP cost programs.  
  • Set up your appointments. 
  • Remind you when your pills are running out. 
  • You can easily pick up your prescription at Apicha CHC's in-house pharmacy or use our free delivery service. 

You can request an appointment to get started on PrEP here.  Be sure to select the appointment type as "Access to PrEP/PEP." 

Apicha CHC's PrEP line number: (646) 740-6392. 


3. Become a part of our HIV Clinic 

If you know you're HIV-positive and don't currently have a medical provider or aren't happy with the one you do have, we welcome you to be a part of the Apicha CHC family. 

You can request an appointment here.  Be sure to select the appointment type as  "Primary Medical Care." 


Apicha’s PrEP Aware Week Events 

October 25: Sex and Love Talk Circle 

Project Connect and the Asian American Feminist Collective are holding a Sex and Love Talk Circle at our Manhattan clinic.  
RSVP at this link. Due to space limitations, RSVPs will be closed after 15 people. There will be a waiting list open. 

October 27: Fall Wellbeing Day 2022 

We are teaming up with MinKnown Center to offer free Flu Shots, COVID-19 Tests, and other health services. Everything is free, regardless of your insurance status and immigration status. 

October 28: Whorechata Inferno Ball 

Apicha will be giving out PrEP Aware Week SWAG bags at Whorechata’s Inferno Ball at the Brooklyn Monarch! RSVP here. 

October 29: Free Vaccines with KCS & AMPHS 

We are joining Korean Community Services and the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services in Sunset Park to provide FREE: 

  • COVID-19 Bivalent Boosters 
  • Flu Shots 
  • HIV Testing 


Other Community Events 

PrEP Aware Week 2022: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Webinar 

  • Speaker: Rona Vail MD, Lead HIV Clinician, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center 
  • Zoom – Monday, October 24, 2022 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM 

PrEP for All Women: Prevention Opportunities in Clinical Practice 

  • Speaker: Tarashon Broomes-Pennicott, DNP, AGNP-C, AAHIVS 
  • Zoom – Tuesday, October 25, 2022 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM 

PrEP for Adolescents and Young Adults 

  • Speaker: Jeffrey Birnbaum, MD, MPH 
  • Zoom – Wednesday, October 26, 2022 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM 

Drug User Health ECHO 

  • Zoom – Wednesday, October 26, 2022 

PrEP for Older Adults 

  • Speakers: Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH and Teresa Theophano, LCSW 
  • Zoom – Thursday, October 27, 2022 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM 

PrEP Aware Week 2022 Long Acting Injectables: A Panel Discussion with CEI & AETC 

  • Speakers: 
    • Antonio E. Urbina, MD - Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai Hospital 
    • Sabrina Gard, MD, MPH, AAHIVS - Staff Physician, Healthcare Choices 
    • Marshall Glesby, MD - Professor of Medicine and Population Health Sciences Weill Cornell Medicine 
    • John Faragon, PharmD - Pharmacist, HIV and HCV Medicine, Albany Medical Center 
    • Alexandre Burgos, BA - Award-Winning Statewide Advocacy Professional 
  • Zoom – Friday, October 28, 2022 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM 

Ready to take action about your health?
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