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Team PrEP LA1 in 5 men who have sex with men in Los Angeles will test HIV positive.

Team PrEP refuses to become a statistic.

Are you PrEP'd?

Join us in the fight to prevent HIV.

Team PrEP Los Angeles is dedicated to information and resources about HIV prevention options, including a new HIV prevention method called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Check out the bottom of this page for Team PrEP's favorite HIV prevention resources and local services!

What is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, involves taking a pill (by mouth) on a daily basis (think of a birth control pill) to try to lower your chances of becoming infected with HIV. PrEP is for people at high risk for HIV infection.

If you are HIV negative, but are at risk for HIV infection, PrEP may be a prevention option for you.

Team PrEP LA Facebook PageRemember, if you have unprotected sex (no condom), you may be at risk for acquiring HIV infection!

Want to learn more?

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Or you can fill out the confidential form by clicking the "ASK an EXPERT" button.
A real HIV prevention specialist will answer your questions!


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No HIV prevention strategy works for everyone.
Always remember that condoms are the best way to stay HIV and STD free when you're having sex.

Want to take the NEXT step?

NEXT-PrEP is a study for HIV negative men who have sex with men and transgender women who may be at risk for HIV infection through having sex.  This study is looking for some very committed men and transgender women who want to be part of cutting-edge medical research.
NEXT-PrEP will compare the side effects and safety of four different combinations of pills to be taken as daily PrEP.  All of the medications are currently FDA-approved to treat HIV infection, and this is the first study to look at these pill combinations to prevent HIV infection.  The study includes visits to the clinic with blood work every 8 weeks (two months) and is quite detailed, with many components!
Participants in the NEXT-PrEP study have the option to also enroll in a "sub study" that includes additional tests and procedures.

The NEXT-PrEP study is being co-sponsored by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). 

For more information about the NEXT-PrEP clinical trial, please contact:
Phone:  (310) 557-9062
Email:  CAREOutreach@mednet.ucla.edu


Frequently Asked Questions

Our HIV prevention experts answer your questions about HIV prevention and PrEP.

What are the side effects of taking PrEP?

Do I still need to use a condom if I am taking PrEP?

How might taking PrEP impact my daily life?

How much does PrEP cost?

Where can I get PrEP?


HIV Prevention Resources

Free HIV Testing


 

AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Out of the Closet

AIDS Project Los Angeles

 

HIV Care and Testing
Open to Everyone
APLA Health and Wellness Center, 3743 S La Brea Ave
Tuesday - Friday (11am - 6pm)
Saturday (12pm - 5pm)
Contact: Zella Gildon
Phone: 323.3293.9915
Email: Zgildon@apla.org

 

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)


 
To be most effective, PEP must be started
within 72 hours of a known or expected exposure to HIV.
PEP Hotline: 213-351-7699
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center: 323-860-5880
OASIS Clinic: 310-668-5131
 

Community Programs


MPowerment
Young Gay Men of Color (18-24)
Meetings 6-8 pm
Tuesdays at APLA, 3550 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Thursdays at APLA Health and Wellness Center, 3743 S La Brea Ave
Contact Dontá Morrison
Phone:  (323) 329-9910
Email:  Dmorrison@apla.org

 

RESPECT
Young Gay Men of Color (18-24)
2 Session Intervention (incentivized)
Contact: Albert Vasquez
Phone: 323.329.9912
Email:
Avasquez@apla.org

 
Young Men's Connection
Young Gay Men of Color (18-24)
Group and 1-on-1 Counseling (incentivized)
Meeting dates and times vary
Contact:  Orlando Rivera
Phone:  (213) 484-1186 x3042
Contact:  Juan Velasco
Phone:  (213) 484-1186 x3036
 

Many Men Many Voices (3MV)
African American Gay Men (18+)
6 Session Intervention (incentivized)
Contact: Darrin Aiken
Phone: 323.329.9903
Email: Daiken@apla.org

 

Crystal Meth Program
Gay and Bisexual men who use Crystal Meth
Meeting dates and times vary
Contact: Phil Hendricks
Phone: 323.329.9909
Email:
Phendricks@apla.org

 
Red Circle Project
Native American/Alaskan Native Two-Spirit
Men who have sex with Men
Meeting dates and times vary
Contact: Elton Naswood
Phone: 323.329.9905
Email: Enaswood@apla.org
 

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the side effects of taking PrEP?

The three drugs that are currently being used as PrEP have all been shown to be safe and effective for treatment of HIV-infection in people who already have HIV. Two of the drugs, FTC and TDF in combination [and TDF alone], have medical study data that they are safe in people without HIV and partially protective* against HIV for HIV-negative people.

*The study estimates for the protection have ranged from 42% to 75% protective against HIV infection. Ask your doctor for more details on your specific circumstances.


Do I still need to use a condom if I am taking PrEP?

Yes.
PrEP should NEVER be seen as the first line of defense against HIV.  PrEP was only shown to be effective in clinical trials when provided in combination with regular HIV testing, condoms, STI screening and behavioral counseling. 


How might taking PrEP impact my daily life?

If you and your doctor decide that PrEP may be a good HIV prevention strategy for you, you will be referred to a site in Los Angeles where PrEP is available.

Currently, PrEP is being offered at the UCLA CARE Center through the NEXT-PrEP study. If you are eligible to enroll in this study, you will receive a daily regimen of PrEP, and you will be asked to come in to the clinic on a regular basis over the course of 50 weeks. You will receive one of four different PrEP medication regimens. Neither you nor the study team will know which regimen you have received until after the study is over. One of those regimens is the FTC+TDF regimen for which there is the most information available. The other three regimens you might receive are being studied for their use as PrEP. When you come in to talk about the study, the medication possibilities will be reviewed with you in great detail.

You will have blood drawn at many of these visits to test your overall health, as well as screening for HIV infection and other STDs. You will also be sent a series of text messages asking questions about your sexual risk behaviors.

Enrollment in the NEXT-PrEP clinical trial requires dedication and commitment. To be most effective, PrEP pills must be taken every day. While the study staff will make every effort to protect your confidentiality during the study, it is possible that others may learn that you are part of an HIV prevention study and they may think that you are infected with HIV or are at high risk for infection with HIV.

In the future, PrEP (FTC+TDF) will be available for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (LAGLC) and the OASIS Clinic. Check back here often for updates about this PrEP demonstration project called "PATH."


How much does PrEP cost?

Currently, PrEP is available free of charge through the NEXT-PrEP study, and will also be free to participants in the upcoming "PATH" PrEP Demonstration Project.


Where can I get PrEP?

PrEP is being further studied in the NEXT-PrEP study, which examines the safety of new combinations of pills taken daily to possibly prevent HIV.

PrEP will also be available in late 2012 or early 2013 free of charge through the "PATH" PrEP Demonstration Project at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center (LAGLC) and the OASIS Clinic. 375 "PATH" PrEP Demonstration Project participants will receive risk reduction counseling and comprehensive HIV prevention packages including emergency post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP; a 28-day regimen of HIV medications begun within 72 hours after a known or suspected exposure to HIV) or PrEP, depending on their level of risk.

If you have private insurance and your doctor is knowledgeable about PrEP, your doctor may be willing and able to prescribe PrEP for you. Speak to your physician about this option if you are interested in PrEP.