Walgreens expands availability of PrEP for HIV prevention

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Providers in 17 new Walgreens locations will be able to prescribe PrEP for HIV prevention.
Providers in 17 new Walgreens locations will be able to prescribe PrEP for HIV prevention.

Providers at Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in 17 new locations will be able to prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. The markets include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tucson, Washington, DC, and Wichita.

The Houston clinic was the first to offer PrEP to consumers, as well as screen for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The services were implemented in April with the goal of becoming available nationwide. The STI screening includes HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other conditions by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

”Our patients in Houston have commended us for giving them an easy option to learn more about PrEP and, if applicable, after a consultation, to get a prescription from one of our providers,” said Pat Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics.

When taken daily as directed, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90% when used consistently.

References

  1. Walgreens Healthcare Clinics able to prescribe PrEP for HIV prevention in 17 additional markets [news release]. Walgreens. July 10 2017.
  2. Walgreens Healthcare Clinics to offer testing services for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, hepatitis and others [news release]. Walgreens. April 18 2017. 
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