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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)/Post Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP)

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

  •   407-723-4170
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    Central Health Center

    832 W. Central Blvd 

    Orlando, FL 32805


  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV Prevention Medication

PrEP Services:

In an effort to eliminate HIV infections, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is now offering Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) medication. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), taking PrEP daily reduces the risk of getting HIV by more than 90 percent. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70 percent. Persons taking PrEP should also continue to use other proven prevention strategies, including condoms and safer sexual practices. 

Initially, patients requesting PrEP services are evaluated clinically and, if indicated, are able to receive immediate access to PrEP medications. Consideration is then given to every patient based on their eligibility requirements, which includes their financial status and assisting them with access to PrEP services.  

Although the prescription is free, the comprehensive evaluation does have a fee. A sliding fee scale has been established and is based on income eligibility. 

Evaluation services include client education, HIV testing, HCV testing, liver function test and the prescription of PrEP medications. There is a 3-month follow up after PrEP initiation to assess and monitor an individual’s HIV status, adherence to PrEP medication, need to continue PrEP, review of side effects and education on prevention behaviors such as safer sex and condom use. 

If you are sexually active, PrEP may be an option for you.

What to expect during your first visit:    

Clients can call 407-723-4170 or come in to the DOH-Orange STD clinic to set up an appointment with the Prep Coordinator. 

  • A rapid HIV test will be conducted on all PrEp Clients on their appointment date (Regardless of any recent test).  If the result is negative, clients will be referred to the PrEp Coordinator for a full PrEp education, with the assistance of a video (PrEp 101), and to start the paperwork.  Clients will then be referred to the provider for more information and examination.
  • Clients will be sent to the lab for blood work
  • Clients will be referred back to PrEp Coordinator
  • Clients will be taken to the cashier
  • Clients will be referred to the pharmacy for their medication. 

Note: In order to receiving Prep the client must be HIV negative.   

What you need to bring to your appointment: 

All clients are required to bring their photo ID and insurance if any; otherwise they will be offered the patient assistance program. 

Clinic Hours for PrEP appointments: 

Prep is offered Monday and Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm The last client will be seen at 4:00pm.  

PrEP services is also available at the following locations: 

Bliss Healthcare Services

2901 Curry ford Road Suite 106 Orlando, FL 32806

Phone:  407-203-5984 

Brevard County Health Department

601 East University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901

Phone:  321-454-7155 

Orlando Immunology Center

1707 N. Mills Ave #500 Orlando, FL 32803

Phone:  407-647-3960 

Osceola County Health Department

1875 Fortune Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34744

Phone:  407-343-2000 

Pinero Preventive Medical Care

1720 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32806

Phone:  407-426-9693 

Project Response

745 S. Apollo Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901

Phone:  321-724-1177 

Seminole County Health Department

400 W Airport Sanford, 32773

Phone:  407-665-3000 

Two Spirit Health Services

801 N Magnolia Ave. Orlando, 32803

Phone:  407-487-9868 

Walgreens

Locations throughout Central Florida (Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties)

  • Post Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP)

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) involves taking antiretroviral medications as soon as possible after a potential exposure to HIV to reduce the likelihood of HIV infection. There are two types of PEP: 1) occupational PEP, or an exposure that happens in the workplace (such as a needle stick in a healthcare setting), and 2) non-occupational PEP (nPEP), or when someone is potentially exposed to HIV through sexual intercourse or injection drug use.

*To be effective, PEP must begin with 72 hours of exposure and consists of 2-3 antiretroviral medications that must be taken for 28 days. A physician must determine what treatment is appropriate based on the nature of the exposure. Starting PEP after a potential exposure does not guarantee that someone exposed to HIV will not become infected.

nPEP Providers

Orlando Immunology Center

1707 N Mills Ave Orlando Florida 32803
407-647-3960

Bliss Healthcare Service

2901 Curry Ford Road #106 Orlando Florida 32806
407-203-5984

Centra Care
https://centracare.org/florida/locations/