Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)/Post Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP)
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Central Health Center
832 W. Central Blvd
Orlando, FL 32805
- Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
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 located at 832 W. Central Blvd. Orlando, Florida 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 now offered Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Last appointment will be taken at 3:30pm.
Appointments recommended but walk-ins are also welcomed.
PrEP services is also available at the following locations:
Bliss Healthcare Services
2901 Curry ford Road Suite 106 Orlando, FL 32806
Brevard County Health Department
601 East University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901
Orlando Immunology Center
1707 N. Mills Ave #500 Orlando, FL 32803
Osceola County Health Department
1875 Fortune Rd. Kissimmee, FL 34744
Pinero Preventive Medical Care
1720 S. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32806
745 S. Apollo Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901
Seminole County Health Department
400 W Airport Sanford, 32773
Two Spirit Health Services
801 N Magnolia Ave. Orlando, 32803
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.
1707 N Mills Ave Orlando Florida 32803
2901 Curry Ford Road #106 Orlando Florida 32806