ONE PILL A DAY TO PREVENT HIV.
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There are more HIV prevention options than ever before. Learn more about PrEP to decide if it’s right for you.
PrEP does NOT prevent other sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy. PrEP does NOT cure HIV; it is only intended for people who do not already have HIV.
What is PrEP?
PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is a once-daily pill for people who are HIV-negative. PrEP helps to prevent individuals from contracting the HIV virus, should the individual be at risk of exposure or come into contact with the virus.
Studies have shown that PrEP is 99% effective at preventing HIV when taken daily as prescribed.
Don't worry. It's an easy process!
Our staff member will ask you to fill out your new patient paperwork when you arrive. Bring a form of ID.
We will conduct a health assessment and a series of lab work to make sure you are a good candidate for PrEP.
The provider will look over your labs and make sure everything is okay and answer any questions.
Come Back for
You will be scheduled to come back to keep track of your lab results, medical visits, and care.
These items will help expedite the process but if you are missing any or all of the documents above, still come to your appointment. A staff member will work with you to connect you to care. Photo ID, Proof of Residence (ex. current phone or electricity bill) or Info About Current Living Status, and Proof of Income (if applicable)
Be on it. Stay on it!
Once you’re on PrEP, you’ll need to come back to PALSS and see the medical provider at least every 3 months to get tested for HIV. They’ll talk with you about any side effects or symptoms you may be having. They may also test you for other STDs, and test you to make sure your kidneys are working well.
It’s really important to go to these follow-up appointments to make sure you’re healthy and HIV-free. It’s really unlikely you’ll get HIV if you’re using PrEP consistently. But if you do happen to get HIV while using PrEP, it’s important for your health to stop using PrEP right away. PrEP is not a treatment for HIV — in fact, taking PrEP when you have HIV can actually make the virus harder to treat.
The evidence is in.
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Combined with regularly sanitizing our hands and social distancing, we can all help slow the spread of a pandemic that continues to infect people all over the world and right here in Columbia, South Carolina
PALSS is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, known as COVID-19. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases, and PALSS physicians, nurses, and clinical staff are highly trained in infection prevention protocols. Specific to COVID-19, we are following the procedures outlined by the CDC and state and federal healthcare authorities.
As always, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. If available, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.