* PrEP is up to 99% effective if taken as prescribed.
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a once-a-day single blue pill which prevents HIV infection by protecting cells from the HIV virus (often sold under the brand names Truvada and Descovy). Many college-age students should consider PrEP for the prevention of HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), young people accounted for 21% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2018.
Possible candidates for PrEP are people who are at risk of getting HIV and weigh at least 77 pounds. This is not just a medication for gay cis-identified males - this medication can protect all people who may be at risk for contracting HIV. While PrEP is highly effective for HIV prevention, PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
SUNY Geneseo's Lauderdale Student Health Center is working with Trillium Health, a Rochester-based community health center, to offer PrEP to students on campus. A Trillium Health Prevention Navigator will be at the Lauderdale Student Health Center a few days a month to answer questions, conduct HIV/STI testing, and connect students to PrEP via telemedicine.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about PrEP can schedule an appointment at https://www.protectwithprep.com/ or call 585.454.PREP (585.454.7737). Dates and hours vary, so it’s best to make an appointment, but if the Prevention Navigator is on campus, walk-ins are certainly welcome.
What is PrEP?
PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a once-daily medication that prevents HIV.
*When taken every day as prescribed, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV up to 99% in HIV-negative individuals. You can lower your risk even more if you combine PrEP with condoms and other safe-sex prevention methods.
Who Should Be on PrEP?
PrEP is an option for anyone who is HIV negative. This includes people of all genders. PrEP may be especially right for those who:
- Have multiple or anonymous sexual partners
- Do not use condoms, or use condoms irregularly
- Are male and have male sex partners
- Are transgender or of trans-experience
- Use injection drugs or mood-altering drugs such as alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, or ecstasy
- Have a partner living with HIV
- Have a partner whose HIV status is unknown
Is PrEP Affordable?
- With or without insurance, there are options for accessing PrEP right away
- PrEP is covered by most insurance plans
- We work hard to make sure that you have to pay little-to-nothing for PrEP
- Our PrEP Navigator can help answer questions and provide the assistance that’s right for you
How Can I Access PrEP at Geneseo?
Call 585.454.PrEP (7737) or visit https://www.protectwithprep.com/ and schedule an appointment. A PrEP Navigator will meet with you on the second floor of the Lauderdale Student Health Center to guide you through the process. At the appointment, you will be assisted with insurance navigation and confidential on-site testing. You will also be connected with a medical provider at Trillium Health via telemedicine. If you are approved for PrEP, the medication can be delivered to the Lauderdale Student Health Center for pick-up.
What If I Think I Have Already Been Exposed to HIV?
PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is an emergency pill for people who may have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours. PEP stops HIV exposure from becoming an HIV infection. PEP should be started as soon as possible. Potential exposures to HIV include condomless sex with a partner who is living with HIV or of unknown HIV status and sharing syringes or needles.
- If exposure happens during business hours, please call 585.454.PrEP (7737)
- PEP is also available 24/7. Call 800.923.9394 after business hours
Schedule an Appointment With A PrEP Navigator at Lauderdale Health Center
Schedule an appointment at www.protectwithprep.com or call 585.454.PrEP (7737).
Currently walk-in dates/hours are variable. It's best to make an appointment, but if the PrEP Navigator is on campus, walk-ins are certainly welcome.