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PrEP Aware Week: Let’s make everyone aware that PrEP can prevent HIV

September 17, 2019

New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute’s PrEP Aware Week is October 20 – 26, with activities taking place across the state to increase PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) awareness and uptake. Amida Care supports this initiative to expand access to PrEP and help End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in New York by 2020.

PrEP is a once a day pill that prevents HIV transmission. Studies have shown that PrEP is safe and no serious side effects have been reported. Most health insurance plans cover PrEP, including Medicaid.

By the end of 2020, New York aims to increase the number of individuals filling prescriptions for PrEP from 24,000 to 65,000.

On Wednesday, October 23rd, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Amida Care, and the National Black Leadership Commission on Health (NBLCH) will host a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) to support and promote the first annual PrEP Aware Week, from October 20 through October 26, organized by the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. Events will take place statewide throughout the week to increase PrEP awareness and uptake.

Learn more: http://www.prepforsex.org/

Read the Amida Care Now blog post, PrEP Aware Week: Let’s Talk About HIV Prevention, which highlights disparities in access and lists resources.