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Atlanta / Fulton Health Introduces New HIV
Strategies-PrEP Clinic and Rapid Entry
 
 
  Media Invited to Learn the Latest Efforts to Counter HIV Epidemic
 
The Fulton County Health Department has added a new treatment to its prevention medicine bag to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in metro Atlanta. It's an FDA-approved drug called PrEP which stands for pre-exposure-prophylaxis. PrEP (pharmaceutically known as Truvada) is a one-pill-a-day regimen that, when used in conjunction with condoms, is over 90% effective in keeping high-risk persons who are HIV-free from contracting the virus.
 
On Friday, February 5th at 10:00 a.m. in the Aldredge Health Center, Fulton County's Chief Clinical Officer Dr. David Holland willannounce the expanded availability of the anti-viral PrEP drug. Through a partnership with the pharmaceutical company Gilead Science, Inc., PrEP will be offered at no cost to patients who are HIV-negative and who meet the medical requirements and income guidelines under Gilead's Patient Assistance Program. Holland will also outline Fulton's stepped-up efforts to get HIV-positive people into medical care with the launching of a Rapid Entry strategy. The goal of Rapid Entry is to get persons who test positive for HIV into medical care within three (3) days.
 
Also in attendance at the news briefing will be Dr. David Sarnow, interim director of the Fulton County Department of Health and Leisha McKinley-Beach, HIV Prevention Program Administrator of Fulton's HIV High Impact Prevention Program (HIPP). They will take questions regarding these latest innovations in HIV testing and treatment. Atlanta is an epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the south. Nationally, Georgia ranks second and Atlanta ranks fifth in the rate of new HIV diagnoses, according to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
PrEP Clinic and Rapid Entry News Briefing
 
WHO: The Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness
 
WHAT: Media Briefing on New HIV Prevention PrEP Clinic & Rapid Entry Program
 
WHEN: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
 
WHERE: Aldredge Health Center, 4th floor conference room 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
RSVP: Rovonda Bradford with HIPP by phone or email if you have questions: 404-613-0400 or rovonda.bradford@fultoncountyga.gov.
 
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Leisha McKinley-Beach, HIV Program Administrator
Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness High Impact Prevention Program (HIPP) 99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
Office: 404.613.1411
Cell: 404.822.9577
leisha.beach@fultoncountyga.gov

 
 
 
 
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