Resource Center is expanding its PrEP program at the Nelson Tebedo Clinic beginning this Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday hours are in addition to the program’s Tuesday and Thursday hours.

When combined with other prevention methods such as condoms, PrEP can be a powerful prevention against contracting HIV and consists of taking Truvada, a once-daily pill also used as part of a medication for controlling HIV.

Resource Center Communications and Advocacy Manager Rafael McDonnell said he’d encourage anyone who isn’t sure if PrEP is right for them to make an appointment.

“We’ll go through the risk factors,” he said. “This might be right for you. This might not be right for you.”

Most insurance covers the cost of PrEP.

“But Gilead has a generous assistance program,” McDonnell said. “You may qualify for additional assistance and if you’re low income, you may get it covered at no cost.”

Once on PrEP, you’d come back to Nelson Tebedo about every three months for blood work to check liver function.

“There are concerns in some people,” McDonnell said, but the vast majority of people do fine.

Since launching the program last spring, about 150 people are getting PrEP through Resource Center.

Call 214-540-4477 for appointments and fees.

— David Taffet