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PrEP, PEP, DoxyPEP, & U=U

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a once-a-day pill that is 99% effective in preventing HIV transmission through sex and at least 74% effective in preventing HIV transmission through injection drug use (IDU) per the CDC.

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) can reduce your chance of getting HIV after a possible exposure. PEP should be taken within 72 hours (3 days) after the possible exposure.

 

 

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Doxy-PEP (Doxycycline) is an antibiotic medication used as a post-exposure preventative treatment for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Doxy-PEP has shown an average reduction in incident STIs of 65% for both HIV-negative individuals and people living with HIV.

U=U, Undetectable = Untransmissible, this means that if an HIV-positive person’s viral load (the amount of virus in the blood) is undetectable, it is impossible to transmit HIV to sexual partners.

PrEP & DoxyPEP

Get FREE telehealth services for HIV & STD prevention through Q Care Plus!

  • Telehealth visit with a Q Care provider
  • At-home HIV testing
  • At-home STI/STD testing AND treatment
  • PrEP
  • Doxy-PEP

 

*99% of Rainbow Health patients through Q Care+ pay $0 for their medical visits, labs, and prescriptions. Restrictions may apply*

PrEP & Injection Drug Use

Taking PrEP as prescribed while injecting drugs reduces your risk of getting HIV by 74%!


Did you know…

  • HIV can live in a syringe for several weeks after it’s been used by someone living with HIV?
  • You can get access to free PrEP & DoxyPEP through Q Care Plus

HIV Care Your Way

If you’re living with HIV and seeking long-term treatment remotely, our Q Care Plus and Q Care Link program may be the perfect solution!

 

Through Q Care Plus we connect eligible MN residents with access to free* telehealth HIV & STD care services:

 

 

*99% of Rainbow Health patients through Q Care+ pay $0 for their medical visits, labs, and prescriptions. Restrictions may apply*

Connect with Q Care Plus today!

Q Care Plus makes accessing HIV care and prevention services easy by providing flexible options like virtual provider visits with experts in telehealth care, convenient labs like at-home testing kits or in-person at traditional labs, and medications delivered right to your door!

Q Care Plus’s team will also help make HIV care and prevention services affordable by working with community partners and foundations like Rainbow Health to help cover the cost of visits, labs, and medications.

99% of Rainbow Health patients pay $0 for their medical visits, labs, and prescriptions. Restrictions may apply*

Meet Your Providers!

Anthony Interrante

Anthony Interrante is an Advanced Practice Nurse holding national board certifications as an Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. He completed his degree at San Diego State University where his internship in infectious disease and travel medicine eventually led him to work in HIV prevention and STI care at QCarePlus.  In addition to his work in preventative medicine, he is the course director for a critical care & emergency/trauma fellowship for the United States Air Force. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his partner Daniel and his two dogs: a pit bull named Luna and a chihuahua named Lana.

Caroline Stowe

Caroline Stowe has been a family nurse practitioner for the last 13 years. She graduated with her BSN/MSN from the Johns Hopkins University and completed her DNP from George Mason University. Caroline has been practicing in sexual/reproductive health specifically for the last 3 years. She enjoys teaching and shared decision making and is on faculty at George Mason University. Ensuring each patient has access to the kind of care that they need in a non-judgmental manner is paramount.

Jennifer Belfry

PrEP & HIV: Jennifer Belfry is a Family Nurse Practitioner and HIV Specialist with 10 years of experience caring for patients living with HIV. She graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing with her BSN/MSN and completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at University of Massachusetts, Boston with a focus on improving HIV screening in young adults and adolescents. Jennifer worked in primary care and HIV medicine for 8 years before coming to Q Care Plus in 2022. She also speaks Spanish. She is enthusiastic about ending the HIV epidemic and expanding access to quality care for everyone. An avid baker and trail runner, she resides in Rhode Island with her dog, 2 kids, and writer husband.

Joshua Brycen

PrEP: Joshua Brycen is a Nurse Practitioner bringing to Q Care Plus over 20 years of experience in the medical field working in various roles and settings. He shares in the passion and mission of Q Care Plus that believes in providing quality, stigma-free access to care to all individuals in all communities, regardless of how they identify. Joshua earned his medical training and his master’s degree in nursing at the University of Miami. He is a certified family nurse practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and will begin working on his doctorate degree soon. When not working, Joshua enjoys traveling and going to concerts. He is a proud father of two adorable cats, Remington and Reginald.

 

What’s Right for You?

Our Q Care providers offer FREE telehealth consultations to better understand your sexual health and wellness needs.

PrEP could be right for you if you are HIV-negative and: PEP could be right for you if you are HIV-negative and: Doxy-PEP could be right for you if you:
  • Condoms aren’t always used during sex or you prefer condomless (bareback) sex.
  • You’ve been diagnosed with an STI in the past year.
  • You or your partner has recently been incarcerated.
  • Sex is exchanged for services or other needs.
  • You have one or more sexual partners living with HIV or who don’t know their HIV status.
  • You’re interested in sexual pleasure and intimacy.
  • You want to reduce your risk for HIV from substance & injection drug use.
  • You’ve experienced intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV)*
  • May have been exposed to HIV during sex.
  • Shared needles, syringes, or other equipment to inject drugs.
  • Experienced sexual violence – including intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV)*.
  • Doxy-PEP is recommended for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women who have had a bacterial STI in the past.
  • Others should discuss Doxy-PEP with their provider to understand the benefits and risks.
  • Doxy-PEP has not been found to be effective in cis-gender women.

 

*The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (mncasa.org) offers support and access to resources for those who’ve experienced or continue to experience domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and more.

Day One crisis line, operated by Cornerstone (Call 1-866-223-1111 or text 612-399-9995), for 24/7 services through text, webchat, or a phone call.

Preferred In-Person Providers

THRIVE (Aliveness Project Clinical Services)

  • Rapid HIV testing
  • Testing and treatment for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis A/B vaccinations
  • And more!

Family Tree

  • Low-cost birth control
  • Comprehensive STI testing and treatment
  • Emergency contraception
  • Trans hormone care
  • And more!

Clinic 555

  • Birth control and pregnancy testing
  • MPox
  • Syringe Exchange
  • Reproductive health services
  • Hepatitis C treatment
  • And more!

 

Looking for other PrEP services in your area? 

Use the PrEP Locator tool to find services that match your needs!

      AIDSLine

      The Minnesota AIDSLine is Minnesota’s statewide information and referral service that can answer your questions about HIV and link you to help. You may reach AIDSLine by phone, text or e-mail.

      Call or Text Us at 612-373-2437
      E-mail [email protected]