Our Health & Wellness Centers offer Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services to help individuals who want another way to protect themselves from HIV transmission.
PrEP is a once-a-day medication that can prevent HIV transmission if someone is exposed to it. PrEP is similar to the medication that people living with HIV take to control the virus and benefit their health.
PrEP must be taken as prescribed. Individuals who use PrEP will need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirchner or our Nurse Practitioners every three months for follow-up assessments and prescription refills.
Getting on PrEP is as easy as...
Make an appointment
Our health & wellness centers in Bloomsburg, Hazleton, and Wilkes-Barre all offer PrEP Services
Get preliminary assessments
Before starting PrEP, you'll need to be sure you don't have an active HIV or Hepatitis B infection. You will also be screened for other STIs and general kidney function.
Discuss PrEP options with your provider
Our PrEP Navigators will help you decide which PrEP options will work best for your lifestyle.
PrEP is covered by most major insurance programs and private pay options may also be available. For those concerned about cost, our PrEP Navigator is available to help individuals access payment assistance options and find the solution that best fits their needs.
PrEP does not protect a person from contracting other STIs. We highly recommend using condoms correctly and consistently to prevent the spread of other STIs. Caring Communities offers free condoms at all locations.
Clients in our participating PrEP program may be eligible for Pharmacy Services including discreet mail-order medications and 24/7 access to a pharmacist for any questions or concerns.
Anyone who is considered high-risk for acquiring HIV should consider PrEP.
“High-Risk” can include, but is not limited to:
Those who have unprotected sex with multiple partners
Those who inject drugs or have substance use issues
Those who are gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with other men who have sex with multiple partners
Those who are transgender who are sexually active
Those who are homeless who are sexually active
Especially those who fall into more than one of these categories