New Service – PrEP/PEP HIV Prevention
June 27, 2022
KBFPC now offers more resources for HIV prevention: PrEP and PEP medication prescriptions! In addition to the robust STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing and treatment we offer, the clinic now provides the only access to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) or PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) on the Kenai Peninsula.
With the support of Title X and cost assistance programs, KBFPC is able to offer reduced and no-cost access to these critical health tools. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
- PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99%.
- PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from injection drug use by at least 74%.
PrEP can be pills or shots. There are two pills approved for use as PrEP: Truvada® (for people at risk through sex or injection drug use) and Descovy® (for people at risk through sex; not for people assigned female at birth who are at risk for HIV through receptive vaginal sex.) Apretude is the only shot approved for use as PrEP (for people at risk through sex who weigh at least 77 pounds.) PrEP is safe, although some clients experience side effects that usually go away over time.
Anyone at risk for HIV infection could be eligible for PrEP or PEP medication. Learn more by visiting our FAQ or calling the Clinic: 907-235-3436