PrEP Information for Providers

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention strategy in which antiretroviral drugs are used to protect HIV-negative people from HIV infection. PrEP has the potential to prevent HIV among individuals at very high risk for becoming infected with HIV, and provides individuals, clinicians, and HIV prevention workers with another option for HIV prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%.

Providers play an important role in responding to inquiries about PrEP from patients and community members. Providers can help determine appropriate HIV prevention strategies, possibly including PrEP, based on an individual’s circumstances. The resources below provide further information for providers interested in PrEP.

Santa Clara County PrEP Toolkit for Providers

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has prepared this toolkit to assist healthcare providers in leveraging PrEP as an HIV prevention strategy.  The toolkit includes resources on clinical guidelines related to PrEP, talking with patients about sex and PrEP, screening interested individuals, administrative procedures such as billing and insurance, and patient education.

PrEP Toolkit Introduction

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