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Published on February 9th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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“Columbia PrEP Summit” – Whats PrEP Got to Do With It?

Columbia, South Carolina – Thursday, February 25, 2016, the Black AIDS Institute, South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council and Benedict College will host the first Columbia’s PrEP Summit from 8:30 am to 4:00 p.m. at Benedict College, School of Continuing Education located 111 Doctor’s Circle | Columbia, SC 29203.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV, but who are at substantial risk of getting it, to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.

When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.  PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.

PROGRAM MISSION

The goal of the PrEP Summit is to increase knowledge among people in Columbia and surrounding areas. Participants will engage in conversations with doctors, community members, pharmacists, lawyers, and clients currently taking PrEP for HIV prevention. The summit aims include enhancing layman understanding of PrEP, what PrEP is and isn’t, financial considerations in taking PrEP, and share information so individuals can decide if PrEP is for the significant other or them personally.

TARGET AUDIENCE

The one-day summit is free, open to the public, and includes breakfast and lunch. The South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council invite:

  • Local citizens
  • Doctors, Pharmacists
  • Medical practices currently interested in providing PrEP
  • AIDS service, education, and advocacy organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Youth, women, LGBTQ communities

LINK

Register here. (Register soon–seating is limited).

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/columbia-prep-summit-tickets-19540627543

LOCATION

Benedict College | School of Continuing Education | 111 Doctor’s Circle | Columbia, SC 29203

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