Reducing Your Risk Of Contracting HIV

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At Washington Health Institute in Washington, D.C., we believe that the best defense against HIV is prevention. We are pleased to offer Apretude Injectable PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), an FDA-approved series of injections that reduces patients’ risk of contracting HIV. According to the FDA, patients that underwent Apretude injectable PrEP treatment were 69% less likely to contract HIV compared to patients who took oral HIV prevention medications.

Why Choose Apretude Injectable PrEP?

Over 1.2 million people in the United States have HIV, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and the disease disproportionally affects racial, ethnic and sexual minority groups. While there is, unfortunately, no definitive cure for HIV, Apretude Injectable PrEP can reduce patients’ risk of contracting HIV in the first place. While other PrEP methods require patients to take a daily pill, Apretude Injectable PrEP consists of an injection every other month, allowing patients to be easily and efficiently protected from HIV.

What To Expect During Apretude Injectable PrEP Treatment

At your first appointment with us, your doctor at Washington Health Institute will review your medical history, assess your risk of HIV and answer any questions you may have about treatment. If you are a good candidate for Apretude Injectable PrEP, your provider will first test you for HIV to ensure that you are negative— this negative test is required prior to each injection. Injections are administered into the muscle of your buttocks. The first two injections should be administered monthly, and all other injections should be administered every other month. You may experience some soreness and discomfort at the injection site, but this should subside within a few days. If you start experiencing other side effects, such as fever, headaches, diarrhea, stomach pain or rash, please contact Washington Health Institute.

Benefits of Apretude Injectable PrEP

One of the greatest benefits of Apretude Injectable PrEP by Apretude is that it helps prevent patients from contracting HIV. Other benefits of Apretude Injectable PrEP include:

Other PrEP treatments such as daily oral medications can be difficult to keep track of. With Apretude Injectable PrEP Apretude, injections are administered every other month, making it easier to maintain.

Apretude Injectable PrEP is effective in reducing your risk of HIV. Compared to oral PrEP treatment by Truvada, injectable PrEP by Apretude was shown to reduce the risk of contracting HIV among gay and bisexual men and transgender women by 69%. In cis-gender women, Apretude Injectable PrEP was shown to reduce the risk of HIV by 90% compared to Truvada.

Apretude Injectable PrEP is an FDA-approved and low-risk treatment option for HIV prevention.

Apretude Injectable PrEP is approved for cisgender and transgender men and women with no limitations based on the type of sex they have.

Am I A Good Candidate For Apretude Injectable PrEP? 

There are many factors that determine how at-risk you are for contracting HIV. HIV can affect people of all genders, sexualities, races and socioeconomic groups. However, men who have sex with men are a high-risk group and are disproportionately affected by this disease, according to the CDC. Additionally, our research at Washington Health Institute demonstrates that Apretude Injectable PrEP is highly effective in preventing HIV in cis-gender women. The best way to know how at-risk you are for contracting HIV is to schedule an appointment with our team at Washington Health Institute by filling out our online form or calling us at 202-525-5175. Our compassionate, expert providers can discuss your risk and recommend treatment.

How Do I Pay For Apretude Injectable PrEP?

Many insurances will cover Apretude Injectable PrEP, including Medicaid. To apply for Apretude Injectable PrEP, please fill out this application. If your insurance does not cover Apretude Injectable PrEP, if you do not have insurance, or you do not know where to begin with HIV care and prevention, explore our Red Carpet Program. Our Red Carpet Program aims to make HIV care affordable, accessible and convenient to all patients, regardless of whether they are HIV positive or if they have health insurance.