Black women exist as the anchors and foundation of their homes, families, and communities. As one of the community's Most Valuable People, protecting your health has never been more vital. PrEP yourself.
The Urban League of Broward County's theory of change requires us to work with the individual and their family with the understanding that family by family, we’ll change a block; block by block, we’ll change a neighborhood, neighborhood by neighborhood we’ll change Broward County. Our Health programs are designed to ensure that our families have healthy lifestyles. This is done by ensuring that families can access affordable health care, maternal and infant health education, and prevention education about chronic diseases and substances. We are dedicated to ensuring that all community members have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about their health.
This year, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, we are launching our #PrEPforSex campaign. Black women must be free and in control of their sexual health. This page will answer your questions about PrEP and provide additional resources.
What is PrEP?
PrEP is a (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a once-a-day pill taken to prevent contracting HIV.
Why take PrEP?
PrEP is highly effective when taken as indicated. The once-daily pill reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%. Among people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Your risk of getting HIV from sex can be even lower if you combine PrEP with condoms and other prevention methods. PrEP is approved by the FDA and is safe and effective at preventing HIV infection.
How do I get PrEP?
If you think PrEP may be right for you to be tested or receive access to PrEP, visit https://getprepbroward.com, your doctor or health care provider. PrEP is only available by prescription. Any health care provider licensed to write prescriptions can prescribe PrEP.
Why is this important?
In 2018, 19,385 people were living with HIV in Broward County. In 2018, 646 people were newly diagnosed with HIV. The rate of Black men living with an HIV diagnosis is 1.8 times that of White men. The rate of Black women living with an HIV diagnosis is 16.1 times that of White women. The rate of Hispanic/Latino males living with an HIV diagnosis is 1.0 times that of White males. The rate of Hispanic/Latina women living with an HIV diagnosis is 2.1 times that of White women. In 2019, in Broward County, the rate per 100,000 population of HIV Diagnoses was 32.4 compared to Florida at 21.6 for all modes of exposure and age groups. (Data provided by flcharts.com)
The Urban League of Broward County is taking an initiative to ensure that our community has access to PrEP to reduce the rate of newly diagnosed HIV cases in Broward County.
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