October 14, 2019 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

PlushCare App Brings PrEP to the Masses

BY STAFF WRITER| PrEP, the preventative medication that allows HIV-negative users to retain their negative status, hasn’t taken long to revolutionize the way we think about safe sex and HIV prevention. So why don’t more people use it? More importantly: Why don’t more people know about it?

In large urban capitals like Los Angeles, PrEP’s benefits are widely proclaimed through posters, ad campaigns tied to health centers and community organizations like the L.A. LGBT Center, and known about in general just through word of mouth. When it comes to smaller towns across the country, however, PrEP education has a long way to go.

That’s why healthcare app PlushCare has just taken the initiative to allow for PrEP access, screenings and education in 18 states around the U.S. Each month, the number of states with access is set to increase. Here’s why that’s important.

Although HIV prevention methods are beneficial to over 1.2 million individuals at direct risk, only 7 percent of this population is currently on PrEP. As many as 1 in 3 doctors either don’t know about PrEP or are unwilling to prescribe it.

“Until now, access to PrEP in most places has been severely lacking, due to social stigma and lack of education among patients and physicians alike. In fact, according to the CDC, 1.2 million people are at greatest risk for HIV, yet only 79,000 actually take the drug,” said Dr. James Wantuck, MD, co-founder and chief medical officer of PlushCare in a press release. “We are changing this reality. PlushCare is in a unique position to do so and is making a once devastating and taboo medical issue manageable for all.”

With PlushCare’s new PrEP initiative, an initial check-up is not required in order to access to PrEP. The app does, however, make it easy to check in with a provider via text or video chat to enable the safe continued use of the drug. The app also allows users to set up lab tests and figure out eligibility.

Related Posts

Q&A w/ a Therapist: “How do I Come Out?”

October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

Tomorrow marks the 30th annual National Coming Out Day. This is the day when folks can come out as LGBTQ+ to friends, family and coworkers. Coming out is a powerful...

COLUMN: When Same-sex Parents Divorce, Who Gets Custody of Frozen Embryos?

October 9, 2019

October 9, 2019

By Debra R. Schoenberg, Esq.  The miracles of modern medicine can offer the gift of life to many same-sex couples...

‘HIVE’ Mentality for Seniors Living with HIV/AIDS

September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019

Celebrate National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day.  Those in the LGBTQ+ community living in the late ‘80s to the early...

LGBTQ Youth Encouraged to Create Video Shorts for The Trevor Project

September 12, 2019

September 12, 2019

OUR PRIDE Video Fest announced a Call for Entries for videos about metal health, suicide prevention Calling all LGBTQ+ youth...

COLUMN: How to Safely Prep to Bottom

August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019

By Dr. Evan Goldstein, founder of Future Method When it comes to sex, the majority of gay men don’t have access...

COLUMN: Things to Consider Before Gender Confirmation Surgery

August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019

By Dr. Minh N. Ho, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, Medical Director, Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Sciences Medical Center As more people are...

AIDS Monument in Lincoln Park Approved for Renovation

August 8, 2019

August 8, 2019

AIDS Monument in Lincoln Park has been approved for a renovation yesterday.  The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks...

Policy Brief Outlines How Trump’s New Healthcare Plan Would Harm LGBTQ+ Community

August 8, 2019

August 8, 2019

The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health recently released a policy brief outlining the harm to LGBTQ+ people likely to result...

HEALTH FEATURE: Helping Vaccine Sensitive Patients at Ananda Integrative Medicine

July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019

Vaccinating children who’ve had adverse reactions to shots.  By Sam Catanzaro  While kids are still in summer mode, parents have...

HEALTH FEATURE: The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019

Dr. Melissa Alexander helping patients minimize effects of hearing loss The ability to hear can have a significant impact on...

35th Anniversary for AIDS Walk Los Angeles

July 28, 2019

July 28, 2019

This week 35 years ago in history, actor Rock Hudson publicly announced that he had AIDS. He was one of...

Bisexuals Suffer from Identity Denial, Depression

July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019

Rutgers researchers find that bisexuals can experience discrimination that may lead to mental health issues. Bisexual individuals may feel discriminated...

Young Trans Woman Fights Homelessness After Father’s Death

July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019

For Christine Coleman, troubling news has unfortunately been a constant since childhood. But not even experiences with foster care and...

DEAR AIDAN: Disclosing HIV Positive Status?

July 25, 2019

July 25, 2019

Dear Aidan: I am HIV Positive and am jumping into the dating world. I know that there is a stigma...

Gov. Newsom Signs LBQ Women’s Equity Fund

July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

By Jorge Paniagua It took months, but advocates a part of the Los Angeles LGBT Center are celebrating a substantial...