Bergen New Bridge Medical Center recently announced it will now be providing injectable PrEP medication as an extra option for HIV prevention. The injection will be given every two months and is highly effective in preventing someone from getting an HIV infection. After the first injection, the patient will return a month later for their second injection. After that, it will occur every two months.
“Being able to offer this important HIV prevention medication at the Medical Center is an example of how we are addressing the health needs of the communities we serve,” said Deborah Visconi, President & CEO, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
Regardless of sex assigned at birth, gender identity and sexual orientation, injectable PrEP is a great option for most people looking to decrease their chances of getting HIV. If one is unsure of whether the medication is fit for them, a medical provider will be able to determine if it is medically appropriate for them.
“It’s a great option for those who struggle with taking a daily pill, or who have privacy concerns related to using pills for PrEP,” said Dr. Christopher Awwad, Medical Director, LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Center. “We are excited to add this service to our existing sexual health services, which include triple-site STI screening, vaccines for infections that can be transmitted sexually, and prescribing PrEP pills for either daily or on-demand dosing.”