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 Information for Providers
- Best Practices for Routine HIV Testing in Health Care Settings
- HIV/AIDS Reporting Requirements
- 2015 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines
- CDC National HIV and STD Testing Resources
- CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)
- California State Office of AIDS
- CDC HAN: Zika and Sexual Transmission
- UCSF AIDS Health Project--Provider Publications
- National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center
- American Academy of HIV Medicine