Contact: Senti Sojwal, [email protected], 212-274-7339
NEW YORK, NY - Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) will begin offering Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), a series of pills that lowers the chance of getting HIV after possible exposure to the virus, at all five of its health centers on Thursday, March 22, 2018. PEP must be taken within 72 hours of HIV exposure, and the sooner it is taken, the greater the chances of it being effective. Anyone who feels they may have been exposed HIV can walk into any of PPNYC’s five health centers or call for a same-day appointment.
“All New Yorkers deserve access to comprehensive, high-quality health care,” said Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City. “After expanding PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) to all of our health centers last year, we are thrilled to now offer PEP, another critical tool in the prevention of HIV transmission.”
The medications used in PEP are antiretroviral medications and work by stopping HIV from spreading through the body. PEP is for emergencies only, and is useful for those who may have been exposed to HIV in the past three days through unprotected sex, sexual assault, or needle sharing. It cannot take the place of proven, ongoing ways to prevent HIV, like taking PrEP, using condoms, and not sharing needles.
Currently, there are more than 110,000 people in New York City living with HIV. NYC's rate of HIV prevalence is nearly five times the nation's rate, and twice New York State's rate. Women of color are disproportionately at risk of contracting HIV.
"At PPNYC, we have long been committed to reducing the transmission of HIV through affordable or free HIV testing and dynamic education programs. Our Project Street Beat HIV prevention program, which turns 30 this year, cares for some of our most underserved communities. We are so proud to include PEP in our services at each of our five health centers, and know this will allow us to better meet the health needs of all New Yorkers,” McQuade continued.
PEP is covered by Medicaid and most insurance programs. For anyone who is uninsured or underinsured, PPNYC can help find a payment option that will work for them. More information about PEP is available at www.ppnyc.org.
For anyone who believes they may have been exposed to HIV, walk-in appointments are available or same-day appointments can be scheduled by calling 212-965-7000.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.