PrEP

PrEP

The Basics

  • HIV negative individuals can take medicine to reduce their risk of contracting HIV.
  • Studies have shown when taken as prescribed, PrEP is between 92-100% effective in preventing HIV infection, and is even more effective when combined with condoms and other prevention strategies.
  • Currently, the once-daily pill Truvada ® is the only FDA-approved drug for PrEP.
  • As with any medication, missed doses can reduce its effectiveness.
  • In Ohio, those who are at highest risk of HIV exposure include gay and bisexual men, people who inject drugs, transgender women, straight women of color, and people who trade sex for money or other things.
  • If you have had an exposure to HIV in the last 3 days, you might consider PEP (post-exposure) instead of PrEP. When started early, PEP can often ward off an HIV infection before it takes hold in your body.

How Do I Get PrEP?

  • PrEP is available by prescription from doctors, nurse practitioners, and/or physician assistants. See the list below for local PrEP providers.
  • Visit a health center, your local AIDS Service Organization, or your doctor’s office.
  • Be prepared: you will need to discuss your sexual health when you ask for PrEP for HIV prevention.
  • To obtain PrEP you must test negative for HIV and agree to regular lab tests to monitor your health.
  • Most private health insurance and Medicaid plans cover PrEP.
  • PrEP takes about 1–3 weeks to reach the highest levels of protection.

The above information can be found at: http://ohioprep.org/

Please visit http://ohioprep.org/ for additional information on costs and payment assistance for PrEP.

 

List of Hamilton County PrEP Providers

*Also provides HIV care and treatment.

NAME ADDRESS PHONE Special Instructions
Mercy Health Partners      
Richard Goodman, MD* 4750 E Galbraith Rd, Suite 210 (513) 735-1529 Need referral from primary care provider
Bruce Hamilton, MD* 4750 E Galbraith Rd, Suite 210 (513) 735-1529 Need referral from primary care provider
Emily Simpson, MD* 4750 E Galbraith Rd, Suite 210 (513) 735-1529 Need referral from primary care provider
Ravi Vodela, MD* 4750 E Galbraith Rd, Suite 210 (513) 735-1529 Need referral from primary care provider
       
The Christ Hospital      
John Cafardi, MD* 2123 Auburn Ave., Suite 204 (513) 585-2791  
Douglas Haas, MD* 2123 Auburn Ave., Suite 204 (513) 585-2791  
Thomas Lamarre, MD* 2123 Auburn Ave., Suite 204 (513) 585-2791  
Patricia Young, MD* 2123 Auburn Ave., Suite 204 (513) 585-2791  
       
TriHealth      
Stephen Blatt, MD* 3219 Clifton Ave., Suite 315 (513) 624-0999 Need referral from primary care provider
Scott Friedstrom, MD* 3219 Clifton Ave., Suite 315 (513) 624-0999 Need referral from primary care provider
       
UC Health      
Robert Findley, MD 9275 Montgomery Rd., Suite 200 (513) 936-4510  
Kay Johnson, MD* 9275 Montgomery Rd., Suite 200 (513) 936-4510  
Keith Luckett, MD* 222 Piedmont (513) 584-6977, option 1  
Veer Patel, MD 9275 Montgomery Rd., Suite 200 (513) 936-4510  
Kelli Williams, MD* Holmes Bldg., 1st Floor (513) 584-6977, option 1  
Sarah Pickle, MD Univ. Health Services at Univ. of Cincinnati,

Richard E. Lindner Center, 3rd floor

2751 O’Varsity Way

(513) 556-2564 Available to University of Cincinnati students only
       
VAMC      
Diana Moore, NP* 3200 Vine Street (513)475-6599 Need VAMC primary care referral