PrEP

Welcome to Get PrEP East Bay – A Tri-City Health Center Program

 

Get PrEP East Bay is a program of Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, Ca. Get PrEP East Bay is a navigation program that helps HIV negative men who have sex with men and Transgender men and women get access to PrEP.   Our PrEP navigation services can help you find a provider that can get you started on PrEP,  help you find ways to pay for PrEP and provide support to help you decide if PrEP is right for you.  Our navigation services are FREE.  Tri-City Health Center provides medical care and we can get you an appointment with our provider.  We accept MediCAL, MediCare and can help you get into a program to help pay for your medical care.  We also have a sliding fee scale for those who do not qualify.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is PrEP?

Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is once daily pill that can help prevent the transmission of HIV. Truvada (PrEP) has been used for a long time to help people who are living with HIV.  Recent research has shown that PrEP also works for people who are HIV negative by blocking HIV from entering your body during sex without a condom or sharing needles during drug use with someone who is HIV positive.

How Does PrEP Work?

To protect you from getting HIV, PrEP must be taken daily. There must be enough medicine in your body to protect you from HIV, which is why it is important to take it every day! Once you start taking PrEP, it does take some time for the medicine to start working.  To protect you from HIV during anal sex, it takes about 7 days for the medicine to build up in your body and 21 days for vaginal sex.

Condoms and PrEP

PrEP is effective in preventing HIV from entering your body and when used with condoms it is very effective. When deciding if condoms are right for you while using PrEP, it is important to remember that PrEP doesn’t protect you against other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and unintentional pregnancy.

Starting PrEP

Only a medical provider can get you started on PrEP.  Most people can safely start and use PrEP.  Prior to starting PrEP, your provider will order several labs to make sure that it is safe for you to use.  Your provider will order an HIV test, STI screenings, Hepatitis B test and a kidney test.

Once you start PrEP, you will need to return in 30 days to do some follow-up lab work. After your follow-up appointment, you only need to do lab work every 90 days.

We can help you get started on PrEP by contacting us 510-252-5811. If you have insurance and would like to find a PrEP provider you can check out: www.pleasePrEPme.org.

Paying For PrEP

Most insurance plans and Medicaid program cover all or some of the costs of PrEP. If you do not have insurance or need help paying for PrEP, Get PrEP East Bay can help you.  We can help get you on a program to pay for the cost of Truvada and we can also help you find a provider to prescribe Truvada to you.

Additional PrEP Resources:

PrEP Information

www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html

www.cdc.gov/starttalking

www.truvada.com

Paying for PrEP

www.Gileadcopay.com

www.panfoundation.org

http://www.truvada.com/truvada-patient-assistance

Finding a PrEP provider:

Tri-City Health Center

39500 Liberty Street

Fremont CA, 94538

(510)-252-5811

anavarro@tri-cityhealth.org

www.pleasePrEPme.org

www.preplocater.org