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Your appointment may be up to 2 hours long. Here's what will happen during your PrEP appointment:
If you're ready to begin PrEP after meeting with our staff, and our medical staff determine that it's safe for you to take PrEP, you'll leave your first appointment with a prescription for PrEP in hand.
We'll follow-up with you by phone three days later, and then we'll ask you return a month later for a follow-up visit. Then, you'll be scheduled for PrEP follow-up appointments every three months.
All of our services are free and not billed to you or your insurance.
The cost of the medication will go through your insurance. There is copay assistance available to cover your share of the cost.
If you don't have insurance and make less than $60,300 a year, you are eligible to get the medication for free from the pharmaceutical company. We'll do all the paperwork for you. Please bring your ID and the last 2 months of pay stubs if you are currently working.
If you are uninsured and make more than $60,300, please contact our PrEP Benefits team to discuss your options at 415.581.3450.
(Unfortunately, we are not able to see clients with Kaiser, Chinese Community Health Plan, or VA health insurance since these plans don't cover outside prescriptions.)
People who are HIV-negative, who may be at risk of HIV transmission, may benefit from PrEP. All kinds of people can take PrEP—including people who have partners who are living with HIV, people who might not know the HIV-status of their partners, sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender women and men, people who use injection drugs, people who sometimes have condomless sex, and more.
PrEP is very effective at preventing HIV infection. When used every day, it reduces the risk of HIV infection by up to 99%. When combined with other HIV prevention strategies, like condoms or treatment as prevention, there is even greater protection. If you'd like to read more about what PrEP is, click here.
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