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HIV testing should be conducted before starting PrEP. SJBPH's Sexual Health Clinic offers low-cost STI/STD testing including for HIV.
We're here to to help, not judge, and we can discuss your situation with you to determine if PrEP is right for you.
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PrEP is a treatment for people who don't have HIV but are at a higher risk of contracting it. You should consult SJBPH, or your medical provider, about PrEP if you:
PrEP is covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicaid. You can also get help paying for PrEP if you don't have health insurance or if your insurance doesn't cover PrEP.
SJBPH can help you enroll in PHIP which will cover your PrEP-related appointments, lab tests, and make you eligible for free medications. Call us at 970-335-2013 for help enrolling in PHIP.
SJBPH's Sexual Health Clinic, as well as your local doctors' office, offers PrEP. Call us at 970-335-2013 or email for an appointment.
To determine if PrEP is right for you, SJBPH's medical providers will ask you questions about your sexuality, the protection you use, and your medical history. They'll also test you for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and other sexually transmitted diseases, and check your kidneys to make sure they're in good working order.
PrEP is extremely safe. People who take PrEP have reported no serious side effects.
Nausea, loss of appetite, and headaches are all possible side effects of PrEP. These side effects aren't harmful, and they usually improve over time as your body adjusts to PrEP. The majority of PrEP users experience no negative side effects.