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Preventing HIV with Pre-Exposure Medication:
What Texas Health Steps Providers Should Know

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What You'll Learn

How Texas Health Steps providers can help protect youth by screening and testing for HIV during preventive medical checkups, prescribing an FDA-approved prophylaxis medication for individuals at high risk for HIV disease and promoting adherence with ongoing follow up.

Taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) medication as prescribed reduces the risk of getting HIV via sexual contact by about 99% and reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74% among persons who inject drugs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021)