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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Prescribing Protocols, Risk factors, and Priority Populations

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It is estimated that 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV at the end of 2015.  Of those people, 1 in 7 didn’t know that they were infected.  Here in Washington State, 14,000 people were estimated to be living with HIV and more than 450 people were diagnosed with HIV at the end of 2017.

Access and adherence to PrEP and HIV medications protect the public’s health by reducing the risk of HIV transmission. Public Health recommends that medical providers routinely take a social and sexual history of all adolescent and adult patients, which should include asking if they have sex with men, women or both men and women. Providers should ensure that all of their patients who are men who have sex with men (MSM) or transgender persons who have sex with men (TMSM) know about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). Below is a breakdown of the latest guidance on risk factors, priority populations, prescribing guidelines, and resources for additional information and training.



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Resources for Clinical Training

Clinical Training Opportunities
On February 12-13, 2019, the University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center (UW PTC) is hosting the Clinical Update on the Management of STDs and HIV Prevention, with Optional Clinical Practicum in Seattle, Washington. This 2-day didactic course addresses recent developments in the prevention, diagnosis and management of STD and typically includes a selection of the following topics: Overview of Key Trends and the Future of Prevention, Lower Genital Tract Syndromes in Women: Vaginitis and Related Conditions, Upper Genital Tract Syndromes in Women: Cervicitis and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Epidemiology and Clinical Aspects of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoea Infections, Genital Herpes: Essentials and Updates, Genital Dermatology, Human Papillomavirus, Essentials of Syphilis, Contraception Update, Expedited Partner Therapy, Viral Hepatitis, HIV Prevention: New Testing Technologies and Prevention with Positives, STD-related Syndromes in Men, and STDs in Adolescents.

Cost is $250 with 12.5 credit hours.

Please visit this link (click here) for registration and payment information.

WebinarNovember 15, 2018, 11:00:00 AM PST - 12:00:00 PM PST the Capacity Building Assistance Provider Network (CPN) and the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) are hosting The Other "T": Sexual Health & Trans Men Who Have Sex with Men (TMSM) webinar. This webinar will increase provider capacity to conduct effective sexual health assessments and provide culturally relevant HIV prevention and care services tailored to address the specific sexual health needs of TMSM. Webinar participants will learn how to describe the diversity of sexual orientation and expression in transmen who have sex with men (TMSM), conduct appropriate sexual health assessments for TMSM, and increase their capacity to provide culturally responsive HIV prevention and care services to address issues unique to TMSM. Please visit this link (click here) for course and registration information.  

University of Washington (UW) Free PrEP and HIV Prevention continuing education courses for healthcare providers 
UW hosts an educational website for healthcare providers that includes free courses and educational resources related to PrEP, HIV Prevention, TasP, and care management of high risk and priority populations. More information on risk factors, behaviors, and serving populations at high risk of acquiring HIV is available at this link (click here).


Public Health Seattle & King County Health Department and Washington State Department of Health PrEP Implementation Guidelines (2015) outline guidance and recommendations for PrEP prescribing, initiation, and management. The guidelines provide local guidance and are designed to complement U.S. Public Health Service PrEP Guidelines. More information is available at this link (click here).


Stigma & Health Disparity Considerations

September 2018, Bree Collaborative Adopts LGBTQ Healthcare Report and Recommendations
September 2018, the Robert Bree Collaborative adopted “first in the nation” recommendations to address health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer (LGBTQ) persons outlined in their 2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Report and Recommendations. The recommendations will be presented to Health Care Authority (HCA) to inform and influence health care purchasing decisions. Guidance and best practices described in the report are primarily geared toward primary care settings but include recommendations for partners across the healthcare system. The full report and summary of recommendations is available at this link (click here).





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