About the Campaign
AltaMed’s ¡Listo! (Ready!) PrEP Campaign aims to increase awareness of PrEP among Latinos. AltaMed is the first organization in Southern California to develop a bilingual, English and Spanish, PrEP awareness campaign targeting the Latino community.
What is PrEP?
PrEP(Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a method of preventing an HIV-negative person from contracting HIV when they are exposed to the virus. In order to be effective, the HIV-negative person takes one pill, called Truvada, once a day. Truvada has been FDA approved since 2012. PrEP or Truvada (PrEP in pill form) is over 90% effective in reducing HIV when taken as prescribed.
PrEP is generally safe, with mild to no side effects. Common mild side effects include upset stomach, headaches and weight loss. Other rare side effects may include kidney problems or a decrease in bone density, which your provider will monitor with routine tests.
PrEP is covered by most private insurance programs and Medi-Cal, but the amount of coverage varies by insurance plan. Co-pay programs are also available for those who do have insurance to assist with out-of-pocket costs.
What to Expect During Your PrEP Visit
Meet with the PrEP Patient Navigator to do an intake, complete lab work, and decide whether PrEP is right for you.
Regular visits with your healthcare provider (usually every three months), where you will be tested for HIV, STDs, and Hepatitis B.
Tips on Incorporating PrEP into Your Daily Routine
- Incorporate it into an existing daily routine (e.g., brushing your teeth, taking your vitamins, or with your coffee)
- Set a reminder alarm on your phone
- Take it at the same time every day
- Use a pill box
- Condoms provide additional protection against HIV, most sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and unintended pregnancy
Interested in the PrEP services offered at AltaMed? Click here to learn more.
Questions? Or looking for more information?
Contact us at: (323) 307-0159