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oksikoko:
This is a shot in the dark, but does anyone know if it's ever possible for someone with low income to get a PEP prescription if he's the negative partner in a serodiscordant relationship? Are there programs for that kind of thing?

I assume there aren't but you never know... He's from Philadelphia if that matters.

Lee

PS - This isn't for me. I wouldn't be caught dead in a relationship.

jkinatl2:

--- Quote from: oksikoko on August 28, 2013, 12:29:47 AM ---This is a shot in the dark, but does anyone know if it's ever possible for someone with low income to get a PEP prescription if he's the negative partner in a serodiscordant relationship? Are there programs for that kind of thing?

I assume there aren't but you never know... He's from Philadelphia if that matters.

Lee

PS - This isn't for me. I wouldn't be caught dead in a relationship.

--- End quote ---

He could call his local ASO - perhaps they could find someone with extra meds?

The AM I INFECTED moderator in me wants specifics, but if you don't have them or don't feel comfortable giving them, thats ok.



BT65:
At the ASO I work at, someone came in yesterday asking for PEP.  I had to tell her to get it from her doctor.  We don't give out meds to someone who is not a client (and obviously she wouldn't be).  We do have extra meds that are donated, but cannot give them out to people who come in asking for them, when they are not clients.  We don't know that they are telling us the truth, they could be asking for someone else etc.   

Habersham:
I'm surprised anyone would need these two names again.

http://fight.org/fight-programs/hiv-counseling-and-testing/

Philadelphia Fight/Jonathan Lax Center

I was looking at their website and if you get tested on a Wednesday nite you also receive a free slice of pizza and admission to Woody's dancefloor. Good to know.

Mazzoni Center

Their website features a "Job Readiness Workshop for Trans"  I'll peruse that tomorrow.   

Perhaps I'm naive (nah - grandpa) but if it's Pep shouldn't he get to a Dr or ER stat?

Wouldn't these or an ASO be better for Prep?

Please be sure and let him know the front office at Mazzoni is staffed by sober people and can be in disarray. As I lived around the corner in Society Hill I found it easier to go in personally rather than call.


Again, more specific info might lead to someone with extra meds.

Ann:

--- Quote from: oksikoko on August 28, 2013, 12:29:47 AM ---This is a shot in the dark, but does anyone know if it's ever possible for someone with low income to get a PEP prescription if he's the negative partner in a serodiscordant relationship? Are there programs for that kind of thing?

I assume there aren't but you never know... He's from Philadelphia if that matters.

Lee

PS - This isn't for me. I wouldn't be caught dead in a relationship.

--- End quote ---

Non-insured people can obtain medical hiv care at Philadelphia's Mazzoni Center on a sliding-scale. The website talks about the importance of PEP on several pages and they have an in-house pharmacy, so they probably offer PEP. http://mazzonicenter.org/programs/medical-care

According to The Body, some states offer PEP through local health departments, but you'll have to ring to find out what the deal is in Philly. http://www.thebody.com/content/art41075.html#get

Pharmaceutical assistance programs might help. This PDF focuses on NYS, but the phone numbers for the assistance programs would be the same. http://www.hivguidelines.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/npep-payment-options-05-22-2013.pdf

You might like to have this site bookmarked - http://www.pep411.com/  It doesn't list places in Philly, but it does have a good list of places in NYC that offer PEP and testing that you may need for someone else down the line. 

This friend of yours - is this an emergency situation or is he just wanting the back-up of a PEP prescription? I'm sure you probably know that PEP must be initiated within 72 hours at the latest, but within 36 hours is best. I hope the clock isn't ticking for him.

And really, if his partner has an UD viral load and no concurrent STIs, he probably doesn't need PEP.

It's also worth throwing it out there that he can keep his cost down by only taking Truvada as PEP. It's been proven effective not only as PEP, but also as PrEP.

You know, I often wonder how some of the WWs in Am I manage to afford PEP. I realise that some insurance companies will pay for PEP, but do they really pay for it when their client is taking it over a no risk situation, situations in which the guidelines clearly recommend NOT taking PEP? I can't see any of the other programs paying for it either, in those situations.

I just don't get it. And it pisses me off that some people manage to get and pay for PEP when they absolutely don't need it, and other people can't possibly afford it when they really DO need it. Grrrrrrrrrrrr........

Anyway, rant over. I hope some of the links I gave you prove useful. Let us know, ok?

Habersham posted while I was googling and writing, with some of the same info, but I'll post anyway.....

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