As of September 1, all the health centers operated by the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) will offer the med Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), reports MassLive.
Composed of two common HIV meds and manufactured by Gilead Sciences, Truvada as PrEP is to be taken daily by HIV-negative people in order to prevent an infection in case of exposure to the virus.
“HIV/AIDS education and prevention are core parts of our work,” Jen Childs-Roshak, MD, MBA, president of PPLM and the first physician to lead the organization, told the newspaper. “PPLM already provides affordable and convenient rapid HIV testing and screening for women, men, and young people in all of our health centers. PrEP now allows us to do even more to provide patients with the resources they need to take control of their health and thrive.”
PPLM will reach out to homeless shelters, LGBT organizations, addiction providers and other groups to get the word out that PrEP is available.
PPLM will offer PrEP office visits on a sliding scale to clients without insurance, Childs-Roshak said, and will help clients without prescription coverage apply for financial assistance programs.
She noted that people taking PrEP must visit their health care provider every three months, which gives Planned Parenthood an opportunity to provide education, prevention and testing.
Other Planned Parenthoods in the country also offer PrEP.