HIV Services

What is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is a virus that weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. If left untreated, a person can begin to develop AIDS (Autoimmune Deficiency Syndrome). AIDS is the fourth stage of the HIV infection. Once a person has developed AIDS, their immune system becomes so weak that they can no longer fight off diseases. Although there are current on-going studies for a vaccine, there is currently no cure for HIV. HIV is considered a chronic disease. This means it requires lifelong treatment. An individual receiving proper HIV medical care, can live a long and healthy life. People can live with HIV for years without any signs and symptoms. Not every person with HIV will go on to develop AIDS.

HIV Transmission

In order for HIV to be transmitted it must get from the body of a HIV positive person into the body of another person.

HIV is found in:

  • Blood
  • Semen
  • Vaginal Fluid
  • Breast Milk
  • Rectal Secretions (rectal discharge)  Friends.jpg

Transmission can occur through:

  • Unprotected sexual contact
  • Sharing of needles to inject drugs
  • Blood transfusions (in countries where there is no screening)
  • Mother to baby during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding

How Can I Prevent HIV?

Friends of Family Health Center’s HIV Prevention team vows to work towards reducing the prevalence of HIV within our service areas. HIV can be completely prevented, especially with the advancement of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). We got you covered!

Ways to Prevent HIV Transmission

  • Stay Abstinent. We understand sex happens, and if it does use condoms. #noglovenolove
  • Limit your sexual partners. If you decide to engage with multiple sex partners, ask them if they have been tested and make sure you are getting STI tested.
  • Do not inject drugs. If you do plan to inject, never share needles with anyone.
  • If you are pregnant, make sure you are HIV tested to ensure no transmission to baby.
  • If you believe you are at Risk for contracting HIV, talk to one of our Providers about PrEP (Oral or Injectable)
  • Remember, if you have been exposed to HIV or think you have been exposed, call us to schedule you for a PEP appointment – Post Exposure Prophylaxis.

 PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)

  • PEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs after a single high-risk event to stop HIV acquisition. PEP must be started as soon as possible to be effective—and always within 72 hours of a possible exposure.
  • Taking PEP will not protect you from other sexually transmitted infections or unplanned pregnancy. PEP is to be used under emergency measures only.
  • If the at risk for HIV transmission encounter happens during our clinic’s non-operational hours, please go to your nearest Emergency Room or Urgent Care.

PrEP Medication    

PrEP is a prescribed antiretroviral (ARV) medication that is given to HIV-negative people in order to prevent HIV transmission. PrEP was first approved for use in the United States in 2012.

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PrEP works by stopping HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body. By taking PrEP the individual reduces the chance of getting HIV from having sex without a condom, and from sharing needles or equipment to inject or use drugs. This medication can be taken orally or by injection.


 

What is the Eligibility Criteria for PrEP?

HIV Negative

  • Individual must be HIV negative prior to PrEP. No Suspicion/symptoms of acute HIV Infection.
  • HIV usually develops within 2-3 weeks after someone acquires HIV.

At substantial risk of HIV Exposure

  •  An HIV negative person who has shared needles or drug preparation equipment within the past 6 months.
  • An HIV negative person who has frequent unprotected sex with multiple partners.

Willingness to use PrEP as prescribed

  • Friends of Family believes that you are in complete control of making own decisions for your sexual health. We are not here to force, only to support.

Creatinine Clearance

  • Ensures the client’s kidneys are working properly.

 

Paying for PrEP

The majority of PrEP treatment costs are covered by most health insurance programs (including medical). It's as ordinary as paying for any other prescription for many folks. If you're uninsured or can't afford your out-of-pocket payments, the patient assistance programs listed below may be a great resource. The Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is used in each program to determine a person's income.

https://www.gileadadvancingaccess.com/copay-coupon-card
https://copays.org/funds/hiv-aids-and-prevention/
https://panfoundation.org/disease-funds/hiv-treatment-and-prevention/
https://www.mygooddays.org/patients/diseases-covered/hiv-aids-treatment-and-prevention
https://apretude.com/apretude-cost/                    

PrEP Providers

Viviana E. Lomeli
HIV Community Outreach Cordinator
909-903-3733 
vlomeli@fofheathcenter.org

HIV Education Line

909-903-3733 
Call us for any PrEP/PEP/HIV preventative related question.

 

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00 pm
hivprep@fofhealthcenter.org
Refrences

AIDS Healthcare Foundation. (2022, March 24). HIV Education is Prevention – Learn More on HIVCare.org. HIV Care.                                   https://hivcare.org/hiv-basics/?gclid=CjwKCAjw_b6WBhAQEiwAp4HyIKORC5jTcrIp0_gXQyio1uwUk_96Zb5iDN-                             hvOjmkbAvyRwDFQLIARoCIn4QAvD_BwE

Weiss R. A. (2000). Getting to know HIV. Tropical medicine & international health: TM & IH5(7), A10–A15. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3156.2000.00591.x

HIV basics. HIV.gov. (2022, June 8). Retrieved June 9, 2022, from https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics 

(2022). Retrieved 2 June 2022, from https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/default.html.

 

  • Stay Abstinent. We understand sex happens, and if it does use condoms. #noglovenolove
  • Limit your sexual partners. If you decide to engage with multiple sex partners, ask them if they have been tested and make sure you are getting STI tested.
  • Do not inject drugs. If you do plan to inject, never share needles with anyone.
  • If you are pregnant, make sure you are HIV tested to ensure no transmission to baby.
  • If you believe you are at Risk for contracting HIV, talk to one of our Providers about PrEP (Oral or Injectable)
  • Remember, if you have been exposed to HIV or think you have been exposed, call us to schedule you for a PEP appointment – Post Exposure Prophylaxis.

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  • PEP is the use of antiretroviral drugs after a single high-risk event to stop HIV acquisition. PEP must be started as soon as possible to be effective—and always within 72 hours of a possible exposure.
  • Taking PEP will not protect you from other sexually transmitted infections or unplanned pregnancy. PEP is to be used under emergency measures only.
  • If the at risk for HIV transmission encounter happens during our clinic’s non-operational hours, please go to your nearest Emergency Room or Urgent Care.

PrEP is a prescribed antiretroviral (ARV) medication that is given to HIV-negative people in order to prevent HIV transmission. PrEP was first approved for use in the United States in 2012.

 Prep.jpg

PrEP works by stopping HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body. By taking PrEP the individual reduces the chance of getting HIV from having sex without a condom, and from sharing needles or equipment to inject or use drugs. This medication can be taken orally or by injection.