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Prescribing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective way to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission, yet it remains underprescribed.1Adams L, Balderson B. HIV providers’ likelihood to prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention differs by patient type: a short report. AIDS Care. 2016;28(9):1154-1158. This course will walk the learner through the most important aspects of prescribing PrEP for patients at risk of HIV infection.

Learning Format: Internet activity, including mandatory assessment with a minimum passing level of 70% (number of questions varies by course).

Course created 2/27/2020. Last updated 2/27/2020.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the indications, contraindications, and other important considerations for prescribing PrEP.
  • Conduct a thorough evaluation to assess a patient’s candidacy for PrEP, including obtaining relevant history and laboratory testing.
  • Identify important follow-up laboratory tests to obtain while a patient remains on PrEP.
  • Incorporate PrEP prescription as part of a holistic approach to reducing HIV transmission risk.

Disclosure statement

The following persons state that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests related to this course:

  • Author: Haidn Foster, M.D.
  • Reviewer: Sarah Pickle, M.D.

This course is not currently eligible for continuing medical education (CME) credit.