Floyd County Health Department now providing PrEP for HIV prevention.

Floyd County Health Department now providing PrEP for HIV prevention.
Daily use can reduce risk of HIV infection by up to 92%

Rome, GA: The Northwest Georgia Floyd County Health Department, located at 16 East 12th Street, Rome, is now offering Pre-exposure prophylaxis for those at high risk of HIV in our PrEP clinic. PrEP provides a great opportunity to substantially reduce the risk of HIV infection in HIV-negative people who are at high risk of contracting HIV.

By taking one pill every day consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%.* Latest estimate from the CDC is that about 1.1 million Americans overall are at substantial risk for HIV.

According to Floyd County Health Department Nurse Manager Alison Watson, “PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every three months.”

He also smoked cigarettes, which might increase his blood pressure, says Naughton. “He stopped taking viagra 100mg, so at a certain point he was on his own, very vulnerable, very sick and in a wheelchair, so if he had any other drugs, he had an extra layer of insurance protection in addition to having medical care,” says Naughton.

PrEP is covered by nearly all health insurance plans. If you do not have health insurance, you may be able to get PrEP at no-or-low cost. Watson encourages anyone who is interested in learning more about PrEP, including costs, to call the adult health section of the Floyd County Health Department at 706-295-6123.

For more information about PrEP, you may also visit https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/prep/ or https://nwgapublichealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/PrEP-1-for-website.pdf

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019) Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/prep/
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