May 21, 2019
Queer Money this week digs into some of the common questions that are asked about using and getting PrEP. If you’re nervous about contracting HIV, there is a new prevention strategy known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. What does the drug do? Who should be taking PrEP? Does it have any side effects? How much does it cost? Megan Canon is the Biomedical Intervention Coordinator with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the director of the state’s Proud to be PrEPPED Campaign. Prior to CDPHE, Megan served as the PrEP Program Coordinator for the Houston Health Department and the Please PrEP Me Project Consultant for HIVE. A dedicated public health leader, Megan is committed to helping educate communities to make informed decisions about their health needs. Today, Megan joins us to discuss the fundamentals of pre-exposure prophylaxis, explaining who makes a good candidate for the HIV-prevention drug, TRUVADA, and how long it takes to start working. She addresses the issue of finding a PrEP-friendly provider and leveraging health insurance and financial assistance programs to access the medication. Listen in as Megan answers your questions about taking PrEP to prevent HIV and learn whether or not PrEP is right for you!