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The Future of HIV Prevention

The future of HIV prevention is here, and now it’s easier than ever to access online tools to determine HIV risk level and receive easy and affordable preventative care via PlushCare’s PrEP program.

HIV is something that affects over one million people today, and 15% of those people are not even aware they are infected. The good news is there are new innovations available to help lower the rate of HIV infections and to prevent HIV altogether using a groundbreaking new algorithm that determines HIV risk levels.

Let’s dive into what the future of HIV prevention looks like and how PlushCare is working to end HIV with easy and accessible care.

What is PlushCare’s Online PrEP Program?

PlushCare offers the largest online PrEP program that enables at-risk patients access to STD testing, Truvada prescriptions, and any necessary follow up appointments.

PlushCare’s PrEP program allows anyone easy access to care right from their phone or computer, with affordable pricing and depending on your insurance policy, potentially free appointments.

PlushCare’s prevention program has served over 8,000 patients and we have not had one single case of HIV. It’s all attributed to the much-needed preventative care offered to those who are at-risk for HIV.

What is PrEP?

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, and it’s a medication manufactured under the brand name Truvada. The medication works by creating protection around cells that help prevent HIV. PrEP should be taken every day for anyone who is at high risk of HIV.

How to Get a PrEP Prescription Online

PlushCare makes it easier than ever to get a PrEP prescription online.

Step 1: Book an appointment with a PlushCare doctor and speak with them to determine if you are a good candidate for Truvada.

Step 2: Get the necessary blood work to be sure that you are HIV negative before taking a PrEP prescription (a PlushCare doctor will order the tests for you and direct you to the nearest lab).

Step 3: Once your lab results are in, your PlushCare doctor will send your PrEP prescription to your local pharmacy, and you will schedule a follow-up appointment for three months to ensure you are not suffering from side effects and remain HIV negative.
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The Future of Determining HIV Risk Level

If you are wondering what your HIV risk level is, a new algorithm may be able to help.

A recent study used an algorithm to scan electronic health records of patients to determine HIV risk levels. It found a variety of factors to determine HIV risk level such as: history of sexually transmitted diseases, sexual orientation, living in an area with a high incidence of HIV, positive urine tests for methadone, and taking medications for erectile dysfunction.

The algorithm was able to identify about half of the men in the study who then went on to be infected by HIV.

That’s big, and an even bigger reason to use an algorithm like this is to not only identify risk level but to then provide those individuals with preventative care such as PrEP.

The Future of HIV Prevention is Here

The bottom line is that the future of HIV prevention is here, and there are some big changes in how we can prevent and end HIV. The great news is that AIDS-related deaths are on the decline, and have dropped by 51% since 2004. With more education, and tools like this new algorithm, and PlushCare’s online PrEP program, we can end HIV.

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