PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is an anti-HIV medication that can reduce the risk of getting HIV by up to 99%; however, it is not a vaccine. When PrEP medication is taken daily, it can be highly effective at preventing HIV. On the other hand, if you do not take the medication every day, there may not be enough medicine in your body to prevent HIV.
PrEP is for people who are not living with HIV. It is recommended for an individual who has or recently had one or more of the following experiences:
Come to Richmond City Health District at 400 E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, and for this reason we advise individuals to arrive as early as possible so that they are able to register before the daily patient cap is reached.
You are able to come in for our program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Morning registration is 8:00-10:00AM and afternoon registration is 12:30-3:30PM.
If the last Friday of the month is the fourth Friday, then there will be no afternoon clinic. If the last Friday of the month is the fifth Friday, then there will be no clinic all day.
Please bring your photo ID, proof-of-income (for instance, your last three consecutive paystubs or last year’s tax return), and any insurance info. Lacking income, insurance, or any of these documents does not disqualify you from any service offered by RCHD. Please come see us anyway and talk to our coordinator if you have trouble providing the above listed documents.
During registration, let staff know that “you are here for an STI screening.” Do not say that you are here for PrEP at registration, as this will delay your visit and slow down the flow of clinic.
Once a nurse calls you back to speak with you, inform them that you have come in to apply for the PrEP program. The nurse will then contact the coordinator to start the application process.