Dr. Otha Myles & Associates, LLC, is your community resource for comprehensive Primary Care Services, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) and STD Testing
What is PrEP?
- PrEP is the use of antiretroviral medications to prevent HIV infection.
- PrEP is given as one pill taken once a day.
- PrEP can reduce your risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 95%.
You may qualify for treatment with PrEP if any of the following apply to you:
- You have multiple sexual partners
- Your primary sexual partner is HIV-positive
- You have been treated recently for a non-oral STI (sexually transmitted infection)
What are the primary care services I will need or receive?
- At your initial visit you will be seen by a primary care provider and infectious disease specialist in a private medical office.
- In addition to a routine medical history and physical exam, you will be given a HIV risk assessment and receive counseling regarding risk reduction, medication adherence and side effects.
- At your initial visit you will have screening labs drawn that include HIV test, Hepatitis B/C, basic metabolic panel (BMP), and STD testing.
- Then, every 3 months you will have maintenance labs drawn that include testing for HIV, STDs, and BMP.
- You will receive a prescription, same day, for a 30 day supply of your medication while test results are pending.
- Regarding your partners, HIV screening and treatment can also be made available to them if necessary.
How do I pay for PrEP?
- Many private and state Medicaid insurance plans cover PrEP.
- Gilead Pharmaceutical company has a financial support program called Advancing Access that works to ensure all populations can afford their medication.
- Local pharmacies and other resources help provide this drug to those patients who are uninsured.
Consult Dr. Otha Myles, a Primary Care Physician AND Infectious Disease Specialist
For more information to determine if PrEP is right for you, please call our office or visit our online portal to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myles at 314-833-4001.