PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for HIV/AIDS

ECDOH PrEP Program Location

Jesse Nash Health Center
608 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: (716) 858-7687
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What is PrEP? 

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a way for people who do not have HIV, but who are at substantial risk of getting it, to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.

When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.

PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.

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Program Contacts

Michael Chase
Public Health Educator
608 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: 716.858.8503
Fax: 716.858.4962
Email: Michael.Chase@erie.gov

Patricia Guadagna
Peer Navigator/Prep Coordinator
608 William Street
Buffalo NY 14206
Phone: 716.858.7942
Fax: 716.858.8332
Email: Patricia.Guadagna@erie.gov

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