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Talk with Your Female Patients About PrEP Too

What’s interesting to know is that, although we often think about PrEP as something that’s useful in the community of gay and bisexual men there are a comparable number of men and women in the United States who can benefit from PrEP.

There are many reasons for this.

One, there’s a lot more dialogue in the gay community about PrEP than there is in the heterosexual community. So, one, there’s a knowledge gap.

Two, providers and HIV testers sometimes make assumptions about who’s at risk and who should be informed about PrEP even in the context of an HIV test or an STD diagnosis, which are absolute opportunities to tell people about PrEP.

And, so it’s just irresponsible to not have sexual health be part of that conversation when you’re talking to patients.

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