a risk-prevention strategy
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a daily medication that drastically reduces the risk of contracting HIV. Approved for use by the CDC, PrEP is available with a prescription from a physician.
Denver Element now offers same-day PrEP in partnership with Front Range Clinic and Scales Pharmacy. This same-day PrEP program is designed to take the hassle out of trying to make it to the different appointments one needs in obtaining PrEP. If you are interested in this program or any information on PrEP, call our office at 720-382-5900 or our PrEP line at 720-509-9145. Our PrEP Navigator, Dan, will help assess your needs, navigate insurance, and set up a time to see a doctor to get the medication.
What is PrEP?
Denver ELEMENT is partnering with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to reach out into the LGBTQ+ communities in the Denver metro area to create awareness of this method. The Denver ELEMENT offers a one-on-one discussion on PrEP to help individuals decide whether it part of a strategy that suits your sexual health life, as well as providing logistical assistance getting connected to care and funding the cost of medication.
What is in PrEP?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP is commonly known as the HIV Prevention Pill. PrEP or Truvada is a pill that an individual’s takes once a day. Truvada is a combination of two drugs Tenofovir and Emtricitabine. After taking them for a consistent amount of time Truvada is effective at preventing HIV.
How Effective Is it?
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) PrEP is more than 90% effective when taking the regiment as directed. 70% effective for people who are injection drug users.
Does someone need other Protection?
PrEP does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDS) such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis. We advise that condoms are used in tandem with PrEP. It is important to be getting tested regularly. It is up to the individual to decide for themselves what level of protection that feels right and gives them the best peace of mind
How often does it need to be taken?
PrEP is highly effective if taken daily around the same time. It’s important for you to determine if you are comfortable and confident in your ability to take a daily pill to prevent HIV. PrEP is not just about taking a pill every day. If you decide to take PrEP, you’ll need to see your provider every three months for testing.