HIV PREVENTION CONNECTION
Your Connection to Local PrEP Services
The HIV Prevention Connection provides navigation to local
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services to residents of the following counties in Ohio: Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Knox, Marion, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot. In addition to PrEP navigation, the HIV Prevention Connection can offer education, risk reduction, and health care navigation.
HIV Prevention Connection can talk about ways to reduce your risk of getting HIV. Ways to reduce your risk of HIV include choosing less risky sexual behaviors, abstinence (not having sex), limiting your number of sexual partners, using condoms the right way every time you have sex, and never sharing needles.
PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PrEP)
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), sold under the name Truvada® can be 96% to 99% effective if taken daily, to prevent a person from getting HIV from an HIV positive partner or injection drug user.
HIV Prevention Connection can refer those interested in PrEP to local PrEP providers. Enrollment in a PrEP payment assistance program, Prevention Assistance Program Interventions (PAPI) is available for those meeting eligibility requirements.
POST-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS (PEP)
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) can be taken within 72 hours of a possible HIV exposure. If someone who is HIV negative and not taking PrEP experiences sexual violence or has sex without a condom with someone who might be living with HIV, PEP may be the right option.
LIVING WITH HIV
REDUCING RISK OF TRANSMITTING
To prevent passing HIV to others it is important to take medications to treat HIV infection called antiretroviral therapy (ART) as prescribed, visit your doctor regularly, use condoms the right way every time you have sex, choose less risky sexual behaviors, if you inject drugs, never share your needles, and talk to your partner about them getting on PrEP if they are HIV negative to lower their risk of getting HIV.
Getting and keeping an undetectable viral load, the amount of HIV in the blood, is achievable with an appropriate treatment plan. Having an undetectable viral load allows you to stay healthy and have effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to an HIV-negative sexual partner.
CONNECTION TO SERVICES
HIV Prevention Connection can refer individuals living with HIV to care and provide short-term healthcare navigation which includes medical care coordination, medication adherence support, and benefits advocacy. Referrals to behavioral health services and social service organizations for transportation, housing, employment, and food assistance can be provided as requested.
For referral to PrEP services, HIV care services, or more information complete the form below.
This work is funded either in whole or in part by a grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Health Improvement and Wellness, HIV Client Services and as a sub-award of a grant issued by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Ryan White Part B grant, grant award number X07JA00017. and CFDA number 97.913.