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PEP/PrEP Information for Providers

NEW!!! PEP and PrEP Action Kit for Providers - Feb. 2017

What is PEP?

  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) has been available for more than a decade.  PEP is an intervention to prevent HIV infection after a recent sexual or needle stick exposure.  PEP involves treatment with antiretroviral HIV drugs daily for 28 days. 

  • Studies suggest that PEP may be up to 80% effective in preventing an HIV seroconversion if the antiretroviral drugs are taken correctly with a high level of adherence.  For PEP to be effective, the prophylaxis must be started as soon as possible after the exposure, but no more than 72 hours. 

What is PrEP?

  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily pill taken by individuals, who are HIV-negative, before they are potentially exposed to HIV. PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 99% when taken consistently.

Is PrEP Affordable for my Patient?

  • PrEP is covered by health insurance plans including Medi-Cal and Medicare.  If your patient is on either of these health insurance plans, the prescription will not require pre-authorization.  The majority of private health insurance plans include PrEP in their formulary, although costs to the patient will vary by plan and insurance provider.

  • Patient assistance programs are available to patients on private health insurance plans which can assist with co-pay and deductibles. 

Are You Providing PEP and/or PrEP in your Clinic or Practice?

  • Public Health, DHSP is identifying providers who are already providing post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and/or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services that are willing to be listed in the Los Angeles County PEP/PrEP Provider Directory. If you provide PEP and/or PrEP services and want to be listed in the Los Angeles County PEP/PrEP Provider Directory please fill out this form:  PEP and PrEP Provider Listing Request PDF Icon

Where can I Receive more Guidance on Services Related to PrEP/PEP?

Are you interested in providing PEP and/or PrEP at your practice but need training or technical assistance to do so?

Are you Providing PEP and/or PrEP in your Clinic?

  • Public Health, DHSP is identifying providers who are already providing post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and/or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services that are willing to be listed in the Los Angeles County PEP/PrEP Provider Directory. If you provide PEP and/or PrEP services and want to be listed in the Los Angeles County PEP/PrEP Provider Directory please fill out this form: PEP and PrEP Providing Listing Request

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