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How do I bring up PrEP with my patients?

Very often patients are shy about talking about sex, drug use, and so it’s really important to open the door with open-ended questions so that they can talk about their lives. Include the question, “Have you heard about PrEP?” That’s a great way to start a conversation.

If people are sort of making subtle innuendo, ask more questions. So, if someone is implying something about their sex life but seems shy about engaging, it’s okay to ask more.

As you demonstrate comfort in this area, people will actually respond to you and then potentially can give you pretty, not so subtle signals that they may be individuals that you may wanna offer PrEP to.

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