Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new HIV prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals use anti-HIV medications to reduce their risk of becoming infected if they are exposed to the virus. It is an additional tool for people to consider in the HIV prevention toolbox.
BIOMEDICAL HIV PREVENTION
PrEP & PEP
If you have had unprotected sex or think you might be at risk
it's important that you get tested as soon as possible.
There are some scenarios where post-exposure prevention or prophylaxis to stop you from contracting HIV is appropriate, but this has an urgent timeframe. PrEP HIV prevention is most effective within a few hours of exposure and clinics won't normally prescribe it if 72 hours have passed. If you are worried that you may have been put at risk then contact us immediately to make an appointment.
BIOMEDICAL HIV PREVENTION
Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an HIV prevention strategy where HIV-negative individuals take anti-HIV medications before coming into contact with HIV to reduce their risk of becoming infected. The medications work to prevent HIV from establishing infection inside the body.
PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection through sex for gay and bisexual men, transgender women, and heterosexual men and women, as well as among people who inject drugs. It does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STI) or pregnancy. It is not a cure for HIV.
Do I need an appointment?
You can visit our clinic regardless of your age, gender or sexual orientation and if you're under 16 the clinic staff won't tell your parents.
Most of the time we are walk-in and you don't need to schedule your visit in advance. Due to COVID-19 patient visits have changed, so call in advance to check opening hours and make schedule your visit. On the day, make sure you allow enough time for paperwork and don;t forget your mask.
Your first PrEP visit.
Once you have checked in you will more than likely have to wait to see a nurse or our doctor. Once you do get seen, you will be asked a few straightforward questions.
'You will be asked about your sexual history, so try and be honest and answer every question. When you do get into the patient room, you will be asked if you are concerned with any symptoms. If you are concerned you might have an STI, you will undergo an examination. The nurse or doctor will explain what will happen during the examination, but if you are unsure about anything, don't be afraid to ask.
The PrEP Follow-ups
You should expect to see your doctor every 2–3 months for follow-up. Your doctor’s visits will depend on your particular circumstances and your healthcare provider. In some cases, your doctor may want to see you more frequently when you first start taking PrEP to monitor any potential side effects and to check in with you about how things are going.
Because it is important to test for HIV consistently while on PrEP, they will likely want to see you about every three months to test for HIV and to run other laboratory tests to make sure everything is in order.
The evidence is in.
Face coverings keep us safer and help slow COVID-19. That’s an important fact to remember the next time you visit us or meet up with friends inside a public venue.
Combined with regularly sanitizing our hands and social distancing, we can all help slow the spread of a pandemic that continues to infect people all over the world and right here in Dallas, TX.
CONFIO is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, known as COVID-19. We regularly treat patients with infectious diseases, and CONFIO physicians, nurses, and clinical staff are highly trained in infection prevention protocols. Specific to COVID-19, we are following the procedures outlined by the CDC and state and federal healthcare authorities.
As always, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. If available, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.
These items will help expedite the process but if you are missing any or all of the documents above, still come to your appointment. A staff member will work with you to connect you to care. Photo ID, Proof of Residence (ex. current phone or electricity bill) or Info About Current Living Status, and Proof of Income (if applicable)
Don't worry. It's an easy process!
Schedule your Appointment
Save time and fill out your new patient paperwork online. Remember to bring a form of ID.
We will conduct a health assessment and order a series of lab work. We will then schedule your next visit.
The provider will look over your labs and make sure everything is okay and answer any questions.
Come back for
You will be scheduled to come back to keep track of your lab results, medical visits, and care..
Medication Is Mailed Ou
You will receive your medication or can pick up at your preferred pharmacy.