Alder Health Services presented a Community Consultation on Preventing HIV Infection through Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP at LGBT Community Center of Central PA, Harrisburg.
Speakers were Dr. Jarrett Sell, Medical Director, Alder Health Services, and Penn State Hershey Medical Center; and Dr. Charis James, MD, Resident Physician, Penn State Hershey Medical Center. AHS currently offers PrEP consultations on a one-on-one basis for those interested in PrEP as one form of preventing HIV infection.
“PrEP” stands for 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 purpose of the program is educate the community about this new approach to preventing HIV. 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.
CAPTION: Dr. Charis James, MD, Resident Physician, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and Dr. Jarrett Sell, Medical Director, Alder Health Services, and Penn State Hershey Medical Center, spoke to the community about PrEP, a new method of preventing HIV infection that may be a tool for some individuals.