Trillium Health Offers Free HIV Prevention Drugs for the Uninsured

February 6, 2020

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Trillium Health Offers Free HIV Prevention Drugs for the Uninsured

New federal program will improve access to pre-exposure prophylaxis pills for the prevention of HIV

ROCHESTER, NY (February 7, 2020) — Trillium Health is proud to announce that it will participate in the “Ready, Set, PrEP” program, which removes cost barriers to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pills nationwide. The program will reduce new HIV infections and bring us one step closer to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States.

“Ready, Set, PrEP” is a new program led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In order to qualify for the program, individuals must lack prescription drug coverage, be tested with HIV and have a negative results, and have a prescription for PrEP. PrEP is a once-daily medication that can prevent HIV by up to 99% when taken every day as prescribed.

“Trillium Health has been a leader in the fight against HIV for more than 30 years,” said Dr. William Valenti, Co-Founder and Staff Physician at Trillium Health. “Our medical providers are experts in the fight against HIV and our on-site pharmacy offers PrEP to our patients. We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about PrEP to call 585.454.PrEP (7737) or visit protectwithprep.com. Trillium Health welcomes walk-ins with same-day service and appointments scheduled in advance.”

In 2018, there were 2,471 people diagnosed with HIV in New York State, including 66 people in the Rochester area. Although there is currently no cure for HIV, the state has launched an initiative to end the AIDS Epidemic by the end of 2020 (ETE2020). A key component of New York State’s three-point plan is to increase the number of individuals filling prescriptions for PrEP.

PrEP is a medication that is taken daily (similar to birth control). It’s recommended for people who are HIV-negative but might be at risk for HIV. People who may be interested in PrEP include people who are unaware of their partner’s HIV status and don’t use condoms, people who have multiple sexual partners and don’t use condoms, people who use injectable drugs, and people whose partner is living with HIV and does not have an undetectable viral load.

PrEP can be extremely affordable even for individuals who have health insurance. Between insurance and state financial assistance programs, the out-of-pocket expenses can be little to none.

“We encourage everyone to learn more about PrEP and take steps to protect themselves from HIV,” said Dr. Valenti. “Right now, the best way to fight the HIV epidemic is through prevention.”

About Trillium Health

As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Trillium Health's mission is to promote health equity by providing affordable and extraordinary primary and specialty health care to all, including LGBTQ communities in Rochester, New York, and a nine-county service area. Our comprehensive model of care ensures health care for people from all backgrounds. We offer primary and specialty care, testing, prevention, and treatment for HIV, Hepatitis C, and STDs, PrEP and PEP, community health outreach programming, care management, on-site pharmacy services, harm reduction efforts, an on-site diagnostic laboratory at our Monroe Avenue location, and more. In addition to our 259 Monroe Square medical hub, Trillium Health’s umbrella of services includes Trillium Health at 170 Science Parkway, home to Pathway Pediatrics, a division of Trillium Health, and the Center for Gynecological Care & Wellness. Serving LGBTQ communities of color, the MOCHA Center, with locations in Buffalo and Rochester, connects LGBTQ people of color with events and programs that promote healthy, sex-positive living. To learn more, visit www.trilliumhealth.org or www.mochacenter.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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