This project will require research that aims to evaluate the needs and feasibility of implementing a plan of action that effectively reaches out to target demographics (Men who have sex with men/IV drug users, healthcare professionals/potential prescribers) and encourages the consideration of PrEP. Once preliminary research can define the need for PrEP within San Luis Obispo county, the barriers that the target demographic faces, and eligible candidates, we can begin to strategize an implementation protocol. This would require focus groups, interviews, surveys, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, amongst other methods of research.
Basic PrEP Q&A: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html
Nurx: Get PrEP prescribed and delivered: https://app.nurx.co/prep
Find a Provider Near You: www.pleaseprepme.org
Take This to Your Doc: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/risk_PrEP_TalkingtoDr.pdf
How to Get On PrEP Flowchart: http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/PrEP_Flow_Chart.pdf
MAP and Co-Pay Programs for PrEP: http://fairpricingcoalition.org/projects/
Clinical Practice Guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/guidelines/PrEPguidelines2014.pdf
Clinical Practice Guidelines - Providers' Supplement:
PrEP Advocacy Project
To increase awareness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to healthcare professionals and the general public in San Luis Obispo County.
Identify barriers to PrEP access and information
Plan and implement strategies to limit these barriers
Increase the number of providers who are prepared to get appropriate clients on PrEP
Inform target demographics about how to logistically and financially obtain PrEP
Promote dialogue concerning the prevention of HIV transmission
What is PrEP?
"Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new HIV prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals use anti-HIV medications to reduce their risk of becoming infected if they are exposed to the virus. It is an additional tool for people to consider in the HIV prevention toolbox."
"According to data analysis from the iPrEx study that found PrEP to be effective: For people who take 7 PrEP pills per week, their estimated level of protection is 99%."
We have seen an ever increasing need for the prevention of HIV transmission in San Luis Obispo County. This is due to an increasing trend of newly diagnosed HIV positive clients. We want to eventually mirror the successes that certain metropolitan cities have witnessed, notably San Francisco, by addressing the specific needs for our county.
Implementation would require outreach to educate the populous on the availability of PrEP and its affordability. It would also include a plan of action to educate and empower protential prescribers who may originally be reluctant to prescribe PrEP medication. The specifics of implementation hope to reflect and will be adjusted to appropriately respond to our research findings.