Texas Medical Association (TMA) spotlighted the physician’s role in providing Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and provided in depth information on access to, efficacy of and target groups for PrEP.
While treatment for an STD might be conversation starter about PrEP, PrEP is not just for STD clinicians. Primary care physicians, Ob/Gyn specialists, and others may all see patients at increased risk for HIV infection who could benefit from PrEP. The key is taking a sexual history.
Dr. Cynthia Brinson, an Austin-based family physician, has been an innovator in treating hard-to-reach populations with PrEP. She provides tips for taking a sexual history in a nonjudgmental manner. Guidelines on use are provided in the articles, as well as statistics detailing HIV in Texas.
For more information, visit the DSHS site PrEP information for providers. To find a colleague in your area using PrEP, visit the PrEP locator. To be added to the PrEP locator, contact Samuel.Goings@dshs.texas.gov.