Care Resource has launched PrEP@Home, a new telehealth service that allows eligible patients to obtain pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication at home. PrEP is a daily pill that is over 99% effective at preventing HIV.
Expanding access to HIV prevention is crucial to lowering the number of new HIV diagnoses in our under-resourced communities. Black and Latino communities continue to see a disproportionate amount of new infections and death related to HIV. We must ensure that these communities have equitable access to HIV testing, prevention, and treatment.
This new program gives patients the opportunity to consult online with Care Resource medical providers, complete all required lab testing at home, and have their medication delivered to their door – all without needing to visit a lab or health center.
According to Paul Seligmann, PrEP Services Coordinator, “Our focus is to reach at risk people who could benefit from this valuable HIV prevention method. For people too busy or unable to come to the health center, PrEP@Home is perfect for them. PrEP from the comfort of their own home. It couldn’t be easier or more convenient!”
Those who qualify will receive an at-home lab testing kit along with simple instructions on how to collect and return their samples. After the samples are received, they are processed by Binx, Care Resource’s trusted laboratory partner. Binx is a state-of-the-art lab that specializes in complex molecular testing and is CAP-accredited.
When the results are ready, patients will meet with a Care Resource provider virtually to discuss if PrEP is right for them. In some cases, the medical provider may require additional comprehensive in-person testing depending on their patient’s health history. If the patient is eligible for PrEP, their prescription will be sent electronically to a pharmacy and their medication will be delivered directly to the patient.
Prep@Home is available to adults 18 years and older who are currently not living with HIV. Regardless of insurance status, patients will have little or no out-of-pocket costs, and Care Resource’s PrEP Navigators will assist patients in qualifying for patient assistance programs, which can reduce or eliminate the cost of medication.
Care Resource is focused on ending the HIV epidemic through ensuring equitable access to HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. PrEP@Home makes it easy, convenient, and affordable to start and maintain HIV prevention. We are committed to further developing strategies and programs that benefit the overall health of our diverse South Florida communities.