Truvada as PrEP was approved for use in the US in 2012, and has since been approved for use for HIV prevention in seven other countries. But many communities and countries are still struggling to figure out the best ways to provide PrEP. In the US, there's been debate about who should provide PrEP -- should it be reproductive health specialists? Primary care physicians? Infectious disease doctors? Or people who specialize in providing care to at-risk populations such as men who have sex with men, sex workers, or transgender people? Or all of the above?
The program by San Francisco AIDS Foundation, at the sexual health clinic in Strut, uses a nurse-led model of care to provide free, easy-to-access PrEP services to cisgender and transgender men who have sex with men. At the AIDS 2016 conference, Pierre-Cedric Crouch, PhD, ANP-BC, ACRN, the director of nursing at Strut, delivered a presentation about the progress of the program to researchers, health providers and community members in attendance.
"PrEP is easy, safe, effective and needed for people at substantial risk for HIV," said Crouch. "We started the PrEP Health Program in San Francisco in 2014, and since that time have enrolled more than 1,250 people into the program. By coming to the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban, we hope to share with the rest of the world the success of our program -- and show that it is feasible to implement programs that are led by nurses and run outside of a traditional medical setting."
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