[Warminster, PA] – Planned Parenthood Keystone is proud to announce the launch of new services in Pennsylvania that allow patients to access HIV prophylaxis. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a daily pill that can help prevent HIV. PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is a series of pills that gets taken within 72 hours of exposure to HIV. About 1.1 million people are living with HIV and more than 41,000 new infections happen every year. Unfortunately, some communities are disproportionately impacted by HIV including people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and trans women. PPKeystone’s new service will be help lower the chances of getting HIV.
“Even during a pandemic and public health crisis, we need to prioritize our sexual health. The launch of our PrEP and PEP HIV services can help prevent HIV or lower your risk. Life doesn’t stop in a pandemic and that is why we continue to expand our services. Unfortunately, stigma, discrimination, racism, and other intersecting oppressions prevent patients from accessing care. We want our patients to know that our health centers are open. With PrEP and PEP services our staff will answer any questions or concerns patients may have,” stated Melissa Reed, President and CEO.
In addition to PrEP and PEP, PPKeystone also offers HIV testing. For more information about PrEP and PEP or other services, or to schedule an appointment, patients can visit the affiliate’s website at ppkeystone.org.
Planned Parenthood Keystone’s nine health centers in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania offer a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services, and more than 24,000 patients annually depend on Planned Parenthood Keystone for expert, affordable, and compassionate health care. You can visit ppkeystone.org to find the health center nearest you.