PrEP

Learn more about PrEP and how to join our program.

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is an anti-HIV medication that can reduce the risk of getting HIV by up to 99% when taken daily. However, it is not a vaccine. If you do not take it every day, there may not be enough medicine in your bloodstream to prevent the virus.

PrEP is for people without HIV and is recommended for an individual who may have had one or more of the following experiences:

  • had or has an HIV-positive sexual or injecting partner
  • had a recent bacterial STI
  • has a high number of sex partners
  • has a history of inconsistent condom use
  • practiced sex work
  • shared injection equipment
  • had sexual encounters under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • you want to be on this medication

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effective at preventing HIV

How to Join Our Program

PrEP is available to eligible Virginia residents through the clinic at Richmond City Health District. This page gives you a quick overview of what you will need for your application and how to meet with the PrEP Coordinator at RCHD.

Before coming in, it's a good idea to contact our PrEP coordinator and let them know you're interested.

When Do I Come?

Come to Richmond City Health District at 400. E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we advise individuals to arrive earlier so that they are able to register before the cap for the day is reached.

The clinic is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Morning registration is 8:00-10:00AM, and afternoon registration is 12:30-3:00PM.

If the last Friday of the month is the fourth Friday, there will be no afternoon clinic.

If the last Friday of the month is the fifth Friday, there will be no clinic all day.

What do I bring?

Please bring your photo ID, proof-of-income (last three consecutive paystubs or last year’s tax return), and any insurance info. Lacking income or insurance does not disqualify you from any service offered by RCHD, so if you do not have these documents, please come see us anyway.

What do I do?

Let registration 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.

When a nurse calls you back to speak with you, please 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.

What is PrEP?

PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is an anti-HIV medication that can reduce the risk of getting HIV by up to 99% when taken daily. However, it is not a vaccine. If PrEP medication is taken daily, it can be highly effective at preventing HIV. If you do not take it every day, there may not be enough medicine in your bloodstream to prevent the virus.

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effective

Should I be on PrEP?

PrEP is for people without HIV who are at high risk of contracting it. It is recommended for an individual who may have had one or more of the following experiences:

  • had or has an HIV-positive sexual or injecting partner
  • had a recent bacterial STI
  • has a high number of sex partners
  • has a history of inconsistent condom use
  • practiced sex work
  • shared injection equipment
  • had sexual encounters under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • you want to be on this medication

Considering PrEP

Joining Our Program

PrEP is available to eligible Virginia residents through the clinic at Richmond City Health District. This page gives you a quick overview of what you will need for your application and how to meet with the PrEP Coordinator at RCHD.

It's always a good idea to reach out to Briana before coming in for a visit.
PrEP Coordinator
Briana Hunter, PrEP Coordinator
804.205.3508
It's always a good idea to reach out to Briana before coming in for a visit.

When Do I Come?

Come to Richmond City Health District at 400. E. Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219. The clinic operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we advise individuals to arrive earlier so that they are able to register before the cap for the day is reached.

The clinic is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Morning registration is 8:00-10:00AM, and afternoon registration is 12:30-3:00PM.

If the last Friday of the month is the fourth Friday, there will be no afternoon clinic.
If the last Friday of the month is the fifth Friday, there will be no clinic all day.

What do I bring?
Please bring your photo ID, proof-of-income (last three consecutive paystubs or last year’s tax return), and any insurance info. Lacking income or insurance does not disqualify you from any service offered by RCHD, so if you do not have these documents, please come see us anyway.

What do I do when I arrive?
Let registration 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.

When a nurse calls you back to speak with you, please 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.