HIV Community Link Connects You with Doctors Willing to Prescribe PrEP

HIV Community Link is excited to share that we have connected with a group of doctors in Calgary who are willing to meet with you if you are considering Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

In late February, Health Canada approved Truvada for PrEP. HIV Community Link continues linking the community to resources and advocating for PrEP access (for more info on PrEP see our briefing document and position statement).

Getting in touch with a doctor to discuss PrEP

We have a shortlist of additional physicians in Calgary to meet with if you are considering PrEP. These doctors prefer to be contacted directly through HIV Community Link. Doctors we are in touch with are  open to discuss and prescribe PrEP if you are a registered patient of their practice.

What you need to know

It’s important to remember that receiving a prescription for PrEP is not as simple as going to a clinic and walking out with a bottle of Truvada. Taking PrEP involves developing an ongoing relationship with your healthcare provider. This starts with setting up a “meet and greet” appointment to sit down with the doctor and have a conversation about if PrEP is right for you. Before you receive a prescription, you will also need to have blood work done, including HIV testing.

Truvada-WebsiteIs PrEP right for you?

Taking PrEP means building a relationship with your doctor where you can speak openly and honestly about things like your risk for HIV and other STIs, your ability to take your meds regularly without missing doses, and other questions or concerns about your overall health. Regular HIV and STI testing should be done every 3 months.

PrEP is one option in a range of ways to reduce risk for HIV transmission. If you would like to explore your options, have questions or would like more info before contacting a doctor, get in touch with us directly at education@hivcl.org or call Andrea at 403-508-2718.

Latest on PrEP

We are now waiting for decisions on how PrEP will be covered by both private and provincial drug plans. Currently, PrEP is covered by some private insurance companies, but not the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. We expect these decisions will be made by the end of 2016.