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Prescribing PrEP

So, when someone gets started on PrEP, it’s really a pretty simple process.

The first thing that we do is we do an HIV test, because if the person is already HIV positive, then I shouldn’t be giving them PrEP. I should be giving them treatment.

I also will do some baseline labs, like check their kidney function.

But, also I wanna do my due diligence and also test them for other sexually transmitted infections.

And so, I will also test the patient for, specifically, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.

I will often also use that PrEP visit as an opportunity to educate the patient.

I’ll talk with them about HIV risk. I’ll talk with them about condoms.

I’ll talk to them about how to safely come on and off PrEP.

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