Baltimore Sun: Drug to Protect Against HIV Not Reaching Those Most at Risk

From The Baltimore Sun, Oct. 21, 2016:

Chase Brexton Health Care has created what it calls the POWER Clinic, where anyone can come to its Baltimore headquarters twice a week and get information and treatment for HIV prevention. A large focus is on PrEP. Chase Brexton has prescribed the drug to 411 patients since it came to market.

While health workers there said spreading the word about the drug can be difficult, they note that more people know about it now than when it first came to market. They have figured out that using outreach workers who know and come from the community Chase Brexton serves works best at reaching hard-to-reach groups.

"Initially, it was like a one-size-fits-all marketing and outreach approach, which we know doesn't really work," said Emily Stiles, manager of the Power Project.

Annie Lee, a nurse practitioner and medical director of the Power Clinic, said some people may not realize they are at high-risk, whether because they are in denial or just misinformed.

"It is important for people to know about PrEP," she said. "It gives patients the power to be proactive about their health.

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