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DOH-Volusia to Offer HIV Pre-Exposure Prevention Medication Beginning Sept. 3

August 09, 2018

Daytona Beach - Beginning Sept. 3, the Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) will begin offering pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). PrEP is a once-daily pill that can reduce the chance of acquiring HIV in HIV-negative individuals. HIV is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

"PrEP can help people who do not have HIV but are at risk of contracting HIV," said Patricia Boswell, DOH-Volusia administrator. "This medication can dramatically reduce the risk of being infected by HIV as long as it's taken consistently. It's another step the department is taking toward eliminating HIV in Florida."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PrEP has been shown to reduce HIV infection in high-risk people by more than 90 percent if it is taken consistently. To further reduce the chance of infection, PrEP should be used with other prevention methods such as condoms.

PrEP will be available by appointment Monday through Friday at three DOH-Volusia locations:

  • 1845 Holsonback Dr., Daytona Beach

  • 775 Harley Strickland Blvd., Orange City

  • 717 W. Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach.

The medication is covered by many health insurance plans. A commercial medication assistance program provides free or low-cost PrEP to people with limited income or no insurance coverage.

For information on the program or to make an appointment, please contact DOH-Volusia at 386-274-0634.

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