News : HIV Pre-Exposure Intervention Call Center Now Available in Mississippi
Jackson, MS, Jan 16, 2015 -- The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), in collaboration with the American Sexual Health Association, announces the availability of a new toll-free call center with information and referrals for those interested in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a prevention option for those at high risk of contracting HIV.
Mississippi is the first in the nation to provide this service for its residents, and health officials hope that HIV rates will gradually decrease through the increased knowledge of intervention options available.
While the MSDH does not provide PrEP at its HIV treatment clinics, the call center can now link those who qualify to providers who do offer it.
"PrEP is a high-impact intervention for HIV negative individuals who participate in risky behavior," said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. "When taken every day, PrEP can provide a high level of protection against HIV, and is even more effective when it is combined with condoms and other prevention tools."
PrEP involves taking a pill orally every day. The pill that has been shown to be safe and to help block HIV infection is called Truvada, a combination of the two drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine. If PrEP is taken daily, the presence of the medicine in the bloodstream can often stop HIV spreading in the body.
For more information on PrEP, contact the call center at 1-844-YES-PREP or ask your healthcare provider.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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