Although healthcare statisticians haven’t tallied the precise numbers, the data clearly point to patient populations most at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted infections (STI) as being those least likely to have a primary care doctor.
This has led many of these patients to the doors of urgent care centers, like Local MD Urgent Care, for treatment, and over the years has established urgent care as a convenient and capable provider of diagnosis, testing, treatment, risk assessment, and counseling for a broad range of common STIs.
About PrEP Medication & Treatment
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is highly effective medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. In fact, PrEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken as prescribed. PrEP reaches maximum protection from HIV after sexual intercourse or injection drug use within 7 to 21 days of daily use.
The most well-known branded drugs for PrEP are Descovy and Truvada. Once prescribed PrEP, you’ll need to see your healthcare provider every 3 months for repeat HIV tests, prescription refills, and follow-up. Please note – PrEP does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (i.e., Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis etc.), therefore regular STI testing if also recommended.
Candidates For PrEP Treatment
You are a candidate for PrEP if you are HIV negative and are sexually active or have injected drugs in the last 6 months and:
Your partner has HIV
You haven’t practiced safe sex
You have been diagnosed with an STI in the past 6 months
You have an injection partner with HIV
Also, if you are a woman and have a partner with HIV and are considering getting pregnant, consult with your doctor right away about PrEP if you’re not already taking it. PrEP may help protect you and your baby from getting HIV while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.